Ex-Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has approached the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja to stop the Lagos House of Assembly from probing him over the 820 commercial buses he purchased during his administration.
Naija Buzz News had reported how the state assembly had accused the embattled ex-governor of fraudulently purchasing the commercial mass transit buses.
The lawmakers had threatened to arrest Ambode and few other officials who served under his administration if they refuse to appear before a committee setup to probe the purchase.
On Tuesday however, Ambode’s lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), filed a suit at the Federal High Court seeking for an interim order of injunction against the lawmakers. He appeared before Justice Y.A Akinsanya.
Ambode through his lawyer urged the court to restrain the lawmakers “from compelling the claimant, in any manner whatsoever, to appear before the defendants pursuant to the resolution passed by the defendants on August 27, 2019 or any other resolution passed in respect of the subject matter of this suit.”
He further accused the lawmakers of deliberately misrepresenting the facts. According to the ex-governor, contrary to the claim by the lawmakers the purchase of the “820 buses was captured in the 2018 Appropriation Law which was duly approved by the House.”
The judge ordered Ambode on Tuesday to put the Lagos lawmakers on notice. He instructed that the defendants should be served with the pending applications and then adjourned the hearing on the case till today.
The Lagos State Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa; and the Clerk of the House, A.S. Sanni, were listed as defendants alongside members of the ad hoc committee set up to probe the bus purchase.
The members of the Ad Hoc Committee are; Fatai Mojeed, Gbolahan Yishawu, A.A. Yusuff, Yinka Ogundimu, Mojisola Meranda, M.L. Makinde, Kehinde Joseph, T.A. Adewale and O.S. Afinni
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