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Ambode is in power yet he is powerless… Nigerians on moves to impeach Lagos gov.

THE social media has been agog since the news broke on Monday evening about moves by the Lagos State House of Assembly to impeach Governor Ambode.

The state lawmakers are alleging that Ambode has already started spending money from the 2019 budget which is yet to be scrutinised and passed into law by the assembly.

However, many Lagos residents believe that there is more to the impeachment moves than meets the eye.

Ambode has fallen out of favour with Bola Tinubu, a former governor of the state who is still believed to be a kingmaker of sorts.

Already, Ambode will not be returning for a second term as Lagos State governor, having lost the All Progressives Congress’ governorship primary election to Jide Sanwo-Olu who had Tinubu’s backing. It is not yet clear what led to the discord between Ambode and Tinubu.

On the social media, there have been varying opinions over the development in Lagos as many described the state as a monarchy of sorts that is being administered by one man behind the scene.

Others described Ambode as a man in power yet remains powerless, while some wondered why the state assembly is in a hurry to remove a governor who has barely three months more to stay in office.




     

     

    One Ogechi Obiora tweeted: “Looks like the powers that rule Lagos State are done with Akinwumi Ambode and have decided to turn him into a political wreck! They want him to be another Femi Pedro.”

    Femi Pedro was Tinubu’s deputy governor between 2003 and 2007, but he fell out with his principal when he wanted to succeed him as governor. Having moved from one party to another in his quest to become governor, all to no avail, Pedro mended fences with Tinubu in 2013.

    Another Twitter user, BlackBlogger sounded very sure that Ambode must have done something really wrong to incur Tinubu’s ire. “One of the reasons Tinubu has so much political goodwill is due to the fact that he is not an irrational political force. He is intelligent, patient and has a way of balancing his interest and that of his grassroots followers. I think Ambode crossed the line behind closed doors,” the user wrote.

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    This was supported by another post by a handle with the username ‘Root’. The post read: “Ambode‘s hands are not clean. That is why Tinubu’s puppets in the Lagos State House of Assembly have enough dirt on Governor Ambode to bring him down.”

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    But of all the tweets, it was one Babatunde Osunlaja that best captured the ongoing drama in Lagos politics. He wrote simply, “It’s possible to be in power and still be powerless”.

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