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Speakers Impeachment Fuels Conflict in Ondo Assembly
The speaker who was impeached alongside his deputy, Iroju Ogundeji on Friday, November 9, presided over the plenary.
According to Oloyeloogun, the signatures of two out of 18 ministers involved in his impeachment were forged and so his impeachment cannot be concluded.
The Punch reports that the two lawmakers, Sunday Olajide, representing Akure South Constituency II and Ose Constituency’s representative, Olusola Oluyede, whose signatures were allegedly forged have also verified Oloyeloogun’s claim,
They claimed that they were not aware of the impeachment and did not give their signatures for Oloyeloogun to be impeached.
Oluyede said: “I am here to deny the rumour of the purported impeachment. I am not part of it and I cannot be part of it.”
Oloyeloogun during the Monday plenary session also announced the suspension of Olamide George, who was sworn in on Friday as the new speaker as well as fifteen other speakers whose signatures appeared on the list of lawmakers who demanded his impeachment.
Punch also reports that fleeing members of the Ondo State House of Assembly who impeached their speaker and deputy said the exercise remained irreversible, notwithstanding alleged threats to their lives.
Eleven members of the group of 18 lawmakers, who fled Akure, Ondo State capital moments after the impeachment of the duo, appeared at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday.
They claimed some of their members were still recuperating at a Lagos hospital while three others were discharged earlier on Monday.
The lawmakers who were led by their new speaker, Olamide George, told reporters that they would remain in ‘exile’ until President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police could guarantee their safety and those of their families.