There were dramatic scenes on the floor of the Ondo House of Assembly on Wednesday after members impeached the Speaker, Mrs. Jumoke Akindele, and her deputy, Mr. Fatai Olotu, before reversing their decision later.
Eighteen of the 26 legislators in the state had on Tuesday night signed the impeachment of Akindele and her deputy and announced Mr. Iroju Ogundeji representing Odigbo Constituency 1 as the speaker and Mr. Ayo Arowele from Owo Constituency 1 as the deputy.
However, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr. Olamide George, while addressing newsmen at the Governor’s Office, Akure on Wednesday evening, said the crisis in the Assembly had been resolved, stressing that the leadership of the House was still intact.
In his words:
“Before the plenary today, members of the Assembly at a larger and official gathering, met to review the situation and consequently resolved to reverse the impeachment of the speaker and her deputy. The House of Assembly remains united and doing its constitutional responsibilities.”
George, however declined to field any questions from journalists and left the venue immediate after reading his short speech.
According to Punch, the crisis was resolved following the intervention of Governor Olusegun Mimiko who was said to have met with the lawmakers at the Government House in Akure on Wednesday.
A source told Punch correspondents that, at the meeting, the governor appealed to the aggrieved lawmakers to let peace reign in the Assembly.
“The governor’s intervention informed the reversal of the impeachment,” the source stated .
The embattled speaker and other members of the Assembly were at a meeting and none of them answered calls to their phones as of the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party in the state has commended the lawmakers for the peaceful resolution of the conflict.
In a text message sent to one of our correspondents, the spokesperson for the party, Banji Okunomo, said the resolution of the crisis was timely.
“As the ruling party in Ondo State, we commend the lawmakers for their ability to resolve their differences in a timely manner. The reversal of the impeachment of the speaker and her deputy is a welcome development.”
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