A cross section of Lagos residents on Wednesday stormed the State House of Assembly demanding the confirmation of one of the cabinet nominees by the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.
Ambode had forwarded a list of 37 would-be cabinet members to the House, including Dr Femi Onanuga for confirmation.
The House, in turn, had set up a 15-man ad-hoc committee to screen the governor’s nominees before confirmation as commissioners and special advisers.
The committee is being chaired by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun.
But a concerned resident of the state, Oladele Benson had petitioned the House over the inclusion of Onanuga in the list forwarded to the House by the governor.
The petitioner had hinged his objection to Onanuga’s confirmation on alleged misappropriation of funds.
Another group identified as Lagos Good Governance Coalition (LAGCO) also petitioned the House asking that Onanuga should not be confirmed for reason of his alleged indictment by the Ikoyi Club 1938.
But the residents, who stormed the Lagos Assembly complex on Wednesday, urged the lawmakers in the state to ignore those opposed to Onanuga’s confirmation.
The residents insisted that the allegations against Onanuga were unfounded and totally baseless.
According to the residents, the writer of the petition against Onanuga (Benson), was only doing so for selfish reasons, and asked that the House should go ahead to confirm the governor’s nominee as a cabinet member.
Responding to the concerns of the residents, a member of the ad-hoc committee of the House and member representing Epe Constituency II, Segun Olulade, said the House would act on the request of the residents.
He assured the residents that Onanuga would be given fair hearing on the allegations against him.
Earlier, while speaking against the backdrop of the petition, Eshinlokun had disclosed that the House, as a responsive and responsible institution, would not automatically disqualify the governor’s nominees based on petitions against any of them.
He had specifically assured that the nominees would be allowed to respond to the petitions against any of them.
“Any petition against any of the nominees will not amount to automatic disqualification. We will confront them with such petitions and allow them to respond.
“What I’m principally saying is that we will give the nominees fair hearing and then the House will come up with an appropriate decision,” Eshinlokun stated. – The News.