The ad-hoc committee which was set up by the Lagos State House of Assembly to investigate all transactions of the 820 buses bought by Ambode’s Government has been suspended indefinitely.
The decision of the Lawmakers came following Wednesday’s ruling by Ikeja Division of Lagos State high court ordering all parties in the suit filed against Ambode to maintain a status quo while adjourned till November 20 for next hearing.
The Committee Chairman, Fatai Mojeed said the matter was adjourned indefinitely by court order.
Olaniran Obele from the chambers of Tayo Oyetibo welcomed the decision of the committee to suspend the sitting.
He said he was at the assembly to drop a letter stating reasons why the former governor could no longer honour the summon as a result of the court ruling. “The former governor was invited by the ad hoc committee to appear before it today,” said Mr Obele.
“We came to represent Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, but the officials of the House of Assembly, in a military manner, prevented us from entering the Committee room. You saw what transpired at the committee level, we were not allowed to go in.
“There is a matter pending in court and this afternoon, the court said the status quo should be maintained, that nothing should be done. We brought processes from the court and letters to serve on the Chairman of the Committee and the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly but they refused to accept validly issued court documents and letter conveying what the court has said to them”, Mr Obele said.
Part of the content of the letter read thus: “In the circumstances, we request that further proceedings of the committee, and indeed the entire House, in respect of the subject matter of the suit, be adjourned to wait the outcome of the court proceedings so as not to bring the House in collision with the court as the matter is now subjudice.
“Finally, we wish to inform you that since the constitutionality of the proceedings of the committee is being challenged in the civil Suit, our client will not be able to appear before the committee until the matter is decided by the court in order not to prejudice the fair hearing of his case.”