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Mike Ozekhome fires Ambode, House of Assembly for secret screening
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Mike Ozekhome fires Ambode, House of Assembly for secret screening

Iyene Etim

Human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), has lambasted the Lagos House of Assembly for secretly screening commissioners and special advisers.

“The action is wrong, undemocratic, insincere, unconstitutional and reeks of moral turpitude. The people have a right to know those who govern them. Public scrutiny allows for objection by members of the public against unsuitable persons.

“Government affairs should not be carried out with the eerie secrecy with which witches and wizards carry out their nefarious activities. Governor Ambode has to show Lagosians that he has nothing to hide.”

He said true change would never be attained if the Lagos Assembly continues to act as a ‘rubber stamp’ which panders to the dictates of the executive arm of government.

“Both the governor and the Assembly should be blamed, especially the House that has abandoned its constitutional responsibility for whatever reason. All of them are making a mockery of democracy.”

“Is the APC as a ruling party not answerable to all Nigerians, especially in a cosmopolitan state like Lagos? Is the APC a government of autocracy or dictatorship?” He fired.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had on September 21 sent the list of would-be cabinet members to the Assembly and had requested the screening and approval of 36 persons with 23 as commissioners and 13 as special advisers.

The Assembly set up a 15-man ad hoc committee headed by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, to secretly screen the nominees and make recommendations to the general Assembly but the Assembly approved all the 36 nominees after a voice vote and forwarded their names to the governor for inauguration.