The Lagos State House of Assembly has not yet delivered the 2019 budget to the Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, since it was passed some weeks ago by.
Reports reaching NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the State House Assembly might be waiting for May 29 when the elected governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, would be inaugurated.
A source had told Saturday Punch that infrastructural projects were slowed down due to the stalemate.
The source, according to Punch, have accused law makers of trying to score political points with the Lagos State government’s growth.
“They just refused to pass it to the governor because they want to play politics with the budget. Most of the people in the Assembly are loyal to one man and he appears to be dictating to them.
“But what more do they want to do to Ambode? They have humiliated him, denied him his return ticket, and even threatened to impeach him. What has he done to deserve all that?
“What they failed to realize is that this is beyond Ambode. It is about Lagos State. It is about governance. Since they took this decision not to pass the budget to him, things have been at a standstill. No development; nothing. This is wrong at all levels because people’s lives are being held.”
Furthermore, the Newspaper quoted some other government official claiming that while the legistors may have some motives not to pass the budget to the governor, the constitution permits Governor Ambode to spend a certain amount of the previous year’s budget.
Conflicts has surrounded the passing of the budget since 2018 when the governor was charged with violating the cultural history of sending the budget to the assembly prior to the fiscal year.
The outgoing government said it had sent the budget to the parliament early, but the state legislators went on a break and were unable to sit over it in December 2018.
The Assembly issued an warning of impeachment to the Lagos State governor in early 2019 for reportedly expending from the budget when it had not been passed.
After demonstrations and public protests, the All Progressive Congress ‘ National Leader, Bola Tinubu, and some major members of the party, called the legislators and the governor to a meeting where the matter was supposedly addressed.
The State Legislative house passed the N873.532bn budget on April 29, more than 80 days after it was finally presented by the governor.
Why Governor Elect In Imo State, Ihedioha Might Not Be Inaugurated
The Governor-elect in Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha might not be inaugurated on 29th of May, 2019 as he was charged to Federal High Court by a plaintiff, Clifford Eze who was the Democratic Alternative, DA candidate in the past Gubernatorial election in Imo state, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
The Justice, PA Rimgim at the federal high court said that the plaintiff is very wrong for bringing up election matter after the election and then defense counsel, Emeka Ihejirika back what the justice said up by insinuating that the Clifford Eze does not follow the due process of the court thereby not in line with the court proceedings.
The defense counsel further state that, ”it is a primary knowledge that the regular court does not entertain post-election matters.
“The plaintiffs are already at the tribunal and the same things they brought up for argument at the tribunal are the same things they brought to the regular court.
“Apart from the federal high court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the suit, it was an abuse of court processes.
“That was why the court slammed an N5m cost against the plaintiffs. It is as simple as that.”
INEC recovers 25 returning certificate from PDP, APC and states reasons
On Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC said it had pulled back 25 return certificates issued to some candidates who were previously announced as winners of the 2019 general election.
It said that the withdrawals were made on orders from the court.
Mr Festus Okoye, administrator of the Committee on Information and Voter Education, uncovered this on the occasion,“forum on Media Coverage of 2019 General Elections,” that took place in Enugu.
Okoye said that 20 of the 25 return certificates were withdrawn from All Progressive Congress candidates and reissued to different APC party individuals.While two certificates were withdrawn from the People’s Democratic Party competitors and were reissued to other PDP candidates.
He said the remaining three endorsements had been withdrawn from both the APC and the PDP candidates and issued to other party individuals.
“Before we left INEC national headquarters on Friday; the commission had withdrawn 25 certificates of return from the first owners and presented to their new owners, following court orders to do that,” he said.
Okoye praised the journalists for their transparency and powerful commitment with the commission, amid and after the elections.
He included that for the success of future elections, the media had proved to be fundamental partners.
He portrayed the media as the masses ‘ main line of reach to help clarify the political and electoral decisions of INEC.
The President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr Chris Isigozu, said the media had appreciated hearty discussions with INEC during and after the elections.
Isigozu praised the commission for performing respectably well, given the assets and length of collaboration with different partners associated with the electoral process.
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