Protesters on Tuesday besieged the Lagos state House of Assembly complex to demand for the probe of the immediate past governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode over alleged corruption.
The protesters who identified themselves as Lagos Youth Vanguard (LYV) bore placards with various inscriptions such as “Ambode, submit yourself for probe,” “Ambode must be probed,” “EFCC do your job,” “Ambode is a thief,” “Ambode awarded fake contracts,” and “Ambode, return Lagos money”, accused the former governor of flouting procurement laws in awards of contracts.
The patron of the group, one Mr. Rasak Olokooba told journalists that the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu inherited a lot from mess from Ambode.
“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 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.
“Put all these things together and add it to what the EFCC said recently that they were going to conduct an investigation into the activities of the former governor of Akinwunmi Ambode, you would see that we are right” Olaookoba said.
Speaking further he said,“Also, the parliament has promised us that they were going to look into the activities of the last administration, but we have not heard anything from them.
“I am a taxpayer, I pay education tax, I pay the salaries of the Governor from my tax and I must be concerned about how the money is being spent likewise other Nigerians.
“The former governor must be accountable for how he ran the affairs of the state in the last four years. We want him to clear his name. Gone are the days when people just hear of the probe and you don’t take it up.”
“We are the most populous black nation in the world and after Cairo, it is Lagos among the most cosmopolitan cities in Africa.
“We don’t want anybody to mismanage Lagos. We want this to be a deterrent to others such as local governments chairmen, senators and others in public offices who might want to do what the last administration did.
“Look at the state of Lagos, people were complaining bitterly over the litters of refuse in the state though they are disappearing now. Look at Badagry Road, you would agree with me that you are also part of what we are doing today as journalists,” he added.
Hon. Rotimi Olowo who addressed the protesters on behalf of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa,assured them that the legislature has already began a probe into the administration of Ambode. He said that their actions were constitutional and promised to look into their demands as well.