The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday invalidated the impeachment of former Deputy Governor of the state, Femi Pedro.
The resolution followed the adoption of the recommendation of the eight member Ad Hoc Committee constituted on July 2, to review the circumstances that led to impeachment of Pedro.
The House, which passed a vote of confidence on Pedro, said that the allegations of his impeachment were not connected to criminal charges.
The committee, headed by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, in its report said:
“In line with Rule 51 (6) of the Business, Rules and Standing Orders of the Lagos State House of Assembly, the committee recommends that this House should by a substantive motion review the impeachment passed on Otunba Femi Pedro on Thursday May 10, 2007 by the 5th Assembly.
36 members of the House were in support of the pardon while only one lawmaker voted against it and another abstained.
Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho (APC- Mushin I) said, “I am in agreement with the report of the committee, all the allegations against Pedro were not criminal.
“The former deputy governor has displayed a lot of maturity and honourable behaviour. His name has to be clear. He is a man of integrity and we should clear him of the allegations.”
It will be recalled that Pedro was impeached towards the end the tenure of Bola Tinubu as Governor on May 10, 2007, a day after he had tendered his resignation.
In his reaction Femi Pedro expressed his satisfaction with the resolution passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly. In a statement released by his media aide, Pedro thanked the leadership of the House of Assembly for its meticulousness and strict adherence to the rule of law. “I am particularly pleased that all the members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, led by the Honorable Speaker and the Majority Leader, contributed immensely to the entire process. History will be kind to you all for your objectiveness in resolving this matter“, Pedro said.
Femi Pedro concluded his statement by thanking his family, friends, political associates, the party leadership and the general public for their support. “I look forward to forging ahead with a renewed commitment to contributing towards the progress of Lagos State, and indeed the prosperity of Nigeria“.