The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has intervened in the controversy between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Backstory: Tinubu spoke after a peace meeting he brokered which was aimed at resolving a rift between the governor and lawmakers.
Tinubu stated that it was gratifying to note that the conflict between the Ambode and the members of the State Assembly had been amicably settled.
Speaking on behalf of all the APC leaders in the state, Tinubu said the executive and the legislative arms of government had resolved to work together in the interest of the State.
“We held a meeting on behalf of Lagos, the entire Lagosians, our party – APC leadership. In the last one week, there has been noise about the conflict between the executive and the State Assembly. It is of great concern to all of us and particularly what Lagos represents across the country.
“We have resolved there is no question of impeachment in Lagos State. Let the two arms of government communicate and continue to respect one another and build consensus and understanding. That is all about politics. Conflict and conflict resolution mechanism is inbuilt in any political system unless leaders are lacking in their responsibilities,” he said.
A party chieftain, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, corroborated Tinubu’s position while expressing optimism that the House will soon meet to resolve other grey areas.
“The National Leader (Tinubu) has spoken and mine is just to confirm the decision. Conflict resolution is an essential ingredient of management. We have looked into the problem and the party has directed the two arms of government – the executive and the legislature to work together and very soon, the House will meet and resolve all grey areas,” Olusi said.
The meeting was attended by both the executive and legislative arms represented by Governor Ambode, Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule; Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa; Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshinlokun; Majority Leader, Sinai Agunbiade; Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru, among other principal officers of the Assembly.
Bottom Line: It’s always a win for Tinubu in Lagos, it appears. When he flexes his muscles and things goes his way, he’s revered as the powerful godfather. When he wades and makes peace, he’s hailed as the peacemaker. Anyway it turn, it’s Tinubu’s Lagos.