Breaking: Assembly probe: Ambode heads to Appeal Court

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

A former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has decided to head to the Court of Appeal over the judgment of a Lagos State High Court giving the Lagos State House of Assembly the go ahead to probe him, The Eagle Online has learnt.
Justice Yetunde Adesanya of an Ikeja High Court on Thursday struck out a suit filed by Ambode seeking to stop his probe by the state Assembly over purchase of 820 buses for the state’s Bus Reform Project.
However, shortly after the judgment, competent sources told The Eagle Online that Ambode’s lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo, had completed the process for filing of the appeal.
It was learnt that Oyetibo will file for a stay of execution of the judgment.
Adesanya in justifying her position said the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate Ambode was a fact-finding committee, adding that an investigation is not an indictment.
She held: “The claimant (Ambode) has not been indicted.
“An invitation by an agency of government cannot in anyway cause a breach of the threat of the fundamental rights of the claimant.
“I hereby find that the claimant’s action is an invitation to the court to cripple the legislative exercise of the statutory power of the Lagos State House of Assembly under Section 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution.
“That is not the function of the court, and no court of law should accede such invitation.
“The claimant’s suit is hereby struck out.”
Ambode had instituted the civil suit against the State House of Assembly; its Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa; and the House Clerk, A.A. Sanni.
Other respondents are Fatai Mojeed, Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee set up by the House to probe the procurement of the buses, and eight members of the committee.