Akinwunmi Ambode, a former governor of Lagos, has got a reprieve from his planned probe by the Lagos House of Assembly following a court ruling granted on Wednesday.
The state’s legislature claims the former governor, while in office, procured 820 buses that were not budgeted for. Ambode denies it, leading to his instituting a suit at the state high court.
Ambode’s lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo, during proceedings alerted sitting judge Yetunde Adesanya of his pending interlocutory injunction. The senior advocate said also that the processes had been served on the defendants’ lawyer.
Responding, Adenike Osinowo and Olayemi Johnson, both lawyers for the House of Assembly, said they were served Tuesday evening and needed time to study the processes. The defence team asked for an adjournment for that reason, which Justice Adesanya granted.
Following from the court’s decision that the suit resumes November 20, Oyetibo asked that the court compels the defendants to maintain ‘status quo’. Oshinowo did not object to the request, after which the court adjourned.
Prior to the lawsuit, the House of Assembly had invited Ambode to clarify the extra-budgetary procurement of the buses, costing over N1 trillion.
After rejecting an earlier invite, the legislature again asked the former governor to appear on Wednesday.
But, Ambode rather sued the lawmakers, accusing them of denying him a fair hearing. He also said the defendants had been part of the budgetary processes for the purchase of the buses.