Protesters, under the aegis of Lagos Youth Vanguard (LYV), Wednesday stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly and demanded probe of former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state over alleged corrupt activities.
The protesters, who chanted solidarity songs, were led by Patron of the LYV, Mr. Rasak Olokooba and President of the group, Mr. Ibrahim Ekundina.
Some of the placards of the protesters read: “Ambode, submit yourself for probe,” “Ambode must be probed,” “EFCC do your job,” “Ambode awarded fake contracts,” among others.
The Lagos Youth Vanguard stated in their leaflets that were distributed to journalists that Ambode “deliberately laid landmine through the obvious improper, inappropriate and insufficient content in his handover note that should serve as a guide to the incoming administration in the tradition of every civilised public officer.”
They accused Ambode of flouting so many government procedures, saying that he refused to abide by the procurement laws.
He was accused of wrong priority in policies and programmes and abandoning the track that can bring about development in the state.
“We call for his probe and investigation with a view to apportioning penalty and dishing out appropriate penalties.“We want to assure the good people of Lagos State, including all the people that care about Lagos and the people of Lagos that we will continue to pursue every legitimate means until justice is done,” they said.
Speaking with journalists, Olokooba said that it was good to be fair to every administration, adding that they had watched events for 90 days and that there were clear indications that the former governor had been going about to disrupt the activities of the current administration.
“For every government that is going out, you leave a template for the coming government to succeed.“Ambode handed over a very rickety handing over note that cannot assist the current administration.
“If you go round the state today, you will see that there is no governor that would inherit such state and the people of the state would be happy with him, but thank God that the goodwill enjoyed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is still intact, if not, by now, the people of Lagos State would have been complaining bitterly,” the group stated.
While addressing the protesters, a member of the House, Rotimi Olowo, who represented the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, said that the protesters were right as their action was constitutional.
He emphasised that the House had commenced investigations into the government of Ambode and that they would look into the petition as a House and do their jobs as expected.