In Lagos, the center of excellence, drama seems to have taken over governance, as summons war has literally taken over the state
First to embark on the summon war was the Lagos state house of assembly, it summoned the former governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, the erstwhile Lagos governor headed to court and procured an order asking Lagos Speaker Mudashiru Obasa and members of the committee probing him to appear before it today, same day that the assembly wants Ambode to appear, according to an advertised invitation.
Justice Y.A. Adesanya of the High Court Ikeja, who gave the counter summon ordered the Speaker to appear before him in connection with the ongoing probe of the procurement of 820 buses by the administration of Ambode.
Justice Adesanya gave the order after hearing a motion ex-parte moved by Ambode’s lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo (SAN).
Other defendants ordered to appear before the court by 9am on October 30, 2019 are the Clerk of the House, A. A. Sanni, who signed the newspaper ads, inviting Ambode to the House by 2pm; Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee set up by the House to probe the procurement, Fatai Mojeed; and members of the Committee: Gbolahan Yishawu, A. A. Yusuff, Yinka Ogundimu, Mojisola Lasbat Meranda, M. L. Makinde, Kehinde Joseph, T. A. Adewale and O. S. Afinni.
The former governor had instituted a suit against the assembly to contest the constitutionality of the probe of the buses, which were procured based on budgetary approval, as part of the Bus Reform Project of the State Government designed to revolutionise public transportation in line with global best practices.
Justice Adesanya ordered the originating processes and all the accompanying processes filed by the claimant (Ambode) to be served on the defendants and subsequently fixed Wednesday for hearing of motion for interlocutory injunction.