Former Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode has filed a suit against the state House of Assembly over the ongoing probe of 820 buses by his administration.

According to the court papers filed before Justice Y.A Adesanya of the Lagos High Court, Ambode through his counsel, Tayo Oyetibo, said contrary to claims made by members of the state Assembly, were procured based on budgetary approval as part of the Bus Reform Project of the State Government designed to revolutionize public transportation in line with global best practices.
Part of the items authorized by the Bill under Capital Expenditure was LAGBUS Public Transport Infrastructure (MEPB) Part financing of 820 buses which was item 8 under schedule 1- Part C of the Bill, the former Governor stated.

 Akinwunmi Ambode in the court papers said the lawmakers were set to embarass him as the committee set up to investigate the 820 buses is filled with persons that are bent to destroy and tarnish his image.
He added that the House falsely claimed that an invitation had been extended to him to appear before the Committee but that he failed to honour the said invitation.
The Claimant states that no letter of invitation was delivered to him before the 4th and 5th Defendants made the false allegation against the Claimant which was widely reported by various national Newspapers.

Further to the foregoing paragraphs, the 1st Defendant had also invited some of the former Commissioners who served under my Government to appear before the 1st Defendant on Tuesday 15th October 2019.
These included former Commissioners for Energy, Agriculture and Economic Planning and Budget respectively amongst others.

After the proceedings of the Committee on 15th October 2019, the 1st Defendant represented to the public that the former Commissioners that appeared before it had indicted me in their testimonies. The information was widely published by National newspapers on Wednesday 16th October 2019.
Contrary to the information made to the public by the 1st Defendant, the said former Commissioners for Energy and Economic Planning and Budget who were represented by the 1st Defendant to have indicted me, made public statements on Thursday 17th October 2019 denying that they ever indicted me in their testimonies before the Committee. The denials were widely published by online newspapers on Thursday 17th October 2019 and national newspapers on Friday 18th October 2019.

Akinwunmi Ambode in the court papers averred that the court and the entire members of the state Assembly had already adjudged him as having committed wastage of public fund by the procurement of the buses in question and had also already determined that the procurement was done by him as opposed to the State Government.
The governor asked the court to declare that the power of the House to pass a resolution under section 128(1) of the Constitution to cause an inquiry into his conduct as Governor is subject to right to fair hearing as guaranteed by section 36(1) of the Constitution.
He also wants a declaration that the Resolution of the House setting up a 9-Man Committee comprising of the 4th-12th Defendants to investigate all transactions in respect of the 820 Buses said by the defendants to have been procured by him derogates from his right as guaranteed by section 36(1) of the Constitution and therefore is unconstitutional, null and void.

Meanwhile, other claims are:
A declaration that it is not lawful for the Defendants to represent or continue to represent to the Public that the Claimant, AKINWUNMI AMBODE, procured 820 buses in breach of budgetary approval.

A declaration that having regard to the provisions of sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Appropriation Law of Lagos State 2018, sections 8 and 9 of the Law which required the approval of the House of Assembly of Lagos State before certain expenditure of money is incurred by the Executive Branch of the State is not in accord with any provision of the Constitution and accordingly is unconstitutional, null and void.

An Injunction restraining the Defendants whether by themselves, their servants or representatives from representing or continue to represent to the Public that the Claimant, Akinwunmi Ambode, procured 820 buses in breach of budgetary approval.

An Injunction restraining the Defendants whether by themselves, their servants or representatives from compelling the Claimant, in any manner whatsoever, to appear before the Defendants pursuant to the Resolution passed by the Defendants on 27th August 2019 or any other Resolution passed in respect of the subject matter of this Suit.

Therefore he court has ordered the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, to appear before it tomorrow morning October 30th.
Others to appear before the court are House Clerk, Mr A.A Sanni, 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 and Yinka Ogundimu.