Info are rising on why the Lagos State Home of Meeting is set to prosecute and jail Akinwunmi Ambode, the State’s former Governor.
Recall, that Ambode had been in public scrutiny, because the State’s Lawmakers have been probing his administration over some alleged shady offers.
Whereas the Home of Meeting below the affect of Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, within the State, would need the general public to consider that the necessity to inculcate transparency and accountability in governance, with a view to recoup cash allegedly misplaced via inflated contracts by the previous Governor is behind the continued probe, data revealed that permutations on the 2023 common elections, might have accounted for the actions.
It was gathered that the APC Leaders are scared that Ambode is “financially loaded”, and will scuttle the ambition of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his estranged Political father and APC Nationwide Chief, who’s believed to be eyeing the Presidency, in 2023.
Ambode, believed to have relocated to France, having acquired her citizenship earlier than relinquishing energy in Might 2019, had allegedly compiled dossiers on his former Chief, which he may use to discredit Tinubu and scuttle his Presidential ambition, forward the 2023 common elections.
Consequently, Associates of the APC Chief had allegedly vowed that the best way ahead was to clip Ambode’s wings, via a probe into contracts awarded by his administration.
On the final assembly of the Governors Advisory Council, GAC, Tinubu was quoted to have lamented that Ambode is planning to launch some data to blackmail him, asking these current to warn the previous Governor towards his alleged plan.
Whereas the difficulty of abuse of Workplace is likely to be actual, as alleged by the Lagos Meeting, Ambode’s potential to scuttle or stand in the best way of Tinubu’s ambition, in line with a celebration Chief within the State, has continued to be the driving power of actions towards the previous Governor.
As an illustration, when the Leaders on the GAC assembly complained concerning the efficiency of incumbent Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu was quoted to have defended the Governor, saying that, Sanwo-Olu met an empty treasury, and needed to search cash from the capital market to embark on tasks within the State.
True to his declare, the Governor despatched a letter to the State Meeting, final week, looking for approval for a hard and fast price bond of N100 billion, from the capital market, and an inside mortgage of N150 billion.
Babachir Lawal, the previous Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, SGF, who was sacked from Workplace, reportedly mentioned that Tinubu is in good standing to develop into Nigeria’s subsequent President.
He said that Tinubu possesses the qualities of a great trendy President to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2023.
“Bola Tinubu is my friend of many years. Buhari is my big boss. Bola Tinubu, without prejudice that he is my friend, will make a good President. Other issues notwithstanding, he (Tinubu) will make a good modern President, because the Presidency these days is scientific. Nigerians, by convention, seem to have agreed that there should be rotation of the Presidency”, Lawal was quoted to have mentioned.
Already in continuation of the Ambode probe with the intention of recovering alleged looted funds, the Lagos State Home of Meeting had not too long ago threatened to situation a warrant of arrest towards him and 4 others, who served below him (Ambode) as Commissioners.
The Home had earlier arrange two totally different Advert-hoc Committees, with the tasks of probing the acquisition of 820 excessive capability buses, at the price of N7 billion, and the opposite with the 2019 mid-year finances assessment.
Each Advert-hoc Committees Chairmen, Gbolahan Yishawu and Fatai Mojeed, whereas presenting their preliminary experiences, has indicted Ambode, claiming that the previous Governor refused to honour their invitation to come back and clarify why he bought the buses, with out approval from the Home, and why funds unbudgeted for have been spent by his administration.
It was reliably gathered that the Lawmakers are able to do all the things doable to convey the ex-Governor to e-book, utilizing each needed and doable side of the regulation to attain their goals.
A supply near the Home of Meeting, disclosed that the Lawmakers are able to make the previous Governor face the regulation.
“They have facts on their table, and they have everything to nail him. I am not trying to take sides with the members, but the evidences they have against the man, are enough to send him to jail. The two Ad-hoc Committees set up by the Speaker have been sitting, and what they have been able to gather from those who have appeared before them, are more than enough to land Ambode in trouble”, he mentioned.
A day after the Lawmakers threatened to arrest Ambode and 4 different Commissioners who labored with him, one of many ex-Commissioners, Wale Oluwo, who served because the Commissioner for Vitality and Mineral Assets, wrote to the Speaker of the Home, Mudashiru Obasa, explaining that he obtained no invitation from the Members.
Additionally, final Tuesday, the ex-Commissioner for Price range and Financial Planning, Olusegun Banjo, who appeared earlier than the Committee, indicted Ambode, alleging that as Commissioners, they weren’t carried alongside within the awards of contracts, with due course of allegedly breached.
To make issues worse for Ambode, Banjo alleged that the acquisition of the 820 buses by the previous Governor, was not routed via his Ministry.
In keeping with him, he turned a Commissioner in February 2018, and did comply with the system he met on floor, which was liable for shady transactions on the buses that have been procured.
He mentioned: “The way the Ministry is structured, it did not allow us to function well. The N24 billion did not come to my Ministry. We did not have a running system. As a Commissioner, I could not approve one naira. All the MDAs approached the Governor directly.”
He additionally alleged that there was no provision for the acquisition of the 820 buses within the 2018 and 2019 budgets, and that no Vote Of Cost, VOC, was issued from his Workplace for the acquisition. “I never approved any VOC for it”, he mentioned.
On unbudgeted funds, he said: “I do not know what happens to unbudgeted funds when it comes, because the Ministry of Finance does not inform my Ministry, we do not have a running system.”
Nevertheless, Banjo and Oluwo had denied the experiences that they indicted Ambode earlier than the Advert-hoc Committee.
One of many Lawmakers, who spoke in anonymity, alleged that in the direction of the tip of Ambode’s administration, the previous Governor launched into so many tasks with out the Lawmakers’ approval.
“A lot of the last-minute tasks Ambode embarked upon, such because the Oshodi Interchange, the buses he bought at outrageous quantity weren’t within the finances. He was concerned in gross misconduct and misappropriation of funds.
“He left many tasks uncompleted, and right this moment, Lagos appears to be on maintain and never working, as a result of there is no such thing as a cash for the current administration to spend”, the Lawmaker mentioned.
When requested to present the precise determine that was misappropriated by Ambode, the Lawmaker said: “You know, I am just telling you all these things in confidence. I would not want us to go there, because it is something that can cause chaos in the State. But, we have a Committee working on these things, and at the appropriate time, Lagosians will hear the truth.”
It was but unclear if Ambode would seem earlier than any of the Advert-hoc Committees, as a result of he was alleged to have obtained French citizenship, and won’t return to the nation anytime quickly.
“We’ve it on a great authority that he’s at the moment in France, as a result of he has succeeded in acquiring French citizenship. He left the nation months in the past, and has refused to come back again, as a result of he is aware of the atrocities he dedicated are able to touchdown him in hassle.
“However, we’ll maintain watching to see if he would spend the remainder of his life in France”, mentioned one other Lawmaker, who additionally spoke on situation of anonymity.