A group known as Lagos Peoples’ Assembly (LPA) comprising a coalition of civil society groups, concerned Lagos citizens have staged a mass protests against Lagos State House of Assembly move to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday.
They carried placards and banners with different inscriptions like:
â€œAmbode is a performing governor, we reject impeachmentâ€, â€œLagosians love Ambode for his good worksâ€, â€œLet there be smooth transitionâ€, â€œEnough of intimidation of Ambodeâ€, Lagos APC should be careful, the election is around the cornerâ€, â€œWe say no to impeachmentâ€.
Answering reporters questions, leader of LPA, Comrade Declan Ihekaire said
â€œwe are not here to protest, we are here to show solidarity to Ambode and the entire Lagos Assembly that there is no basis for wanting to impeach His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at this point in time.
â€œHe is still a loyal party man and for that, he deserves no impeachment and moreover we are very close to electioneering period, we donâ€™t want a situation where the opposition will capitalise and take over Lagos stateâ€.
â€œwe believe a synergy of Ambode, Sanwo-Olu and the House of Assembly will make a better Lagos.
â€œA division in the house will bring a break in the relationship, and Lagosians are watching and Nigerians are watching, we call on both the governor and Assembly to shield their swords and rather concentrate on the dire need to complete all the on-going infrastructural projects in the stateâ€.
Ihekaire urged the Assembly to stop the impeachment plan â€œevery politician wants to have 100 per cent, and if you have 80 per cent you are now scoring 60, you should question yourself, If you had 60 before and you are now scoring 80, it is a plus; so we are advocating for a plus because we want Lagos to be a better place for us allâ€.
Referring to the letter the group delivered to the Assembly, Ihekaire said â€œwhat we are saying in that letter is that they should please let Ambode be.
â€œAs far as we are concerned, as at Wednesday we saw branded buses donated by Ambode to the party, we saw branded T-shirts donated to Sanwo-Olu campaign group by Ambode, we have watched Ambode make statements to say please go for my brother Sanwo-Olu and we are saying that oneness should not be scatteredâ€, Ihekaire said.
Addressing the protesters on behalf of the speaker and Assembly, Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade who also received the protest letter from the group commended them for their peaceful conduct, saying democracy is all about protest.
He assured them that their letter will be presented to the whole House â€œas you have confidence in us, so we have confidence in youâ€, Agunbiade said.
Answering questions from reporters, Agunbiade said he appreciates the peaceful way they came to the Assembly,