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Drama at Ondo Assembly over reinstatement of suspended members

By Oluwaseun Akingboye, Akure
20 November 2020   |   3:02 am
Drama ensued at the Ondo State House of Assembly Complex, yesterday, as the suspended three members of the Assembly were shut out of the plenary session over the impeachment crisis

Workers give Akeredolu an eight-day ultimatum over unpaid salaries, deductions

Drama ensued at the Ondo State House of Assembly Complex, yesterday, as the suspended three members of the Assembly were shut out of the plenary session over the impeachment crisis involving the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi.

The suspended members of the Assembly, namely: the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Iroju Ogundeji; Mrs. Favour Tomomewo and Mr. Wale Williams, who are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), failed to sign the impeachment notice.

They were suspended by the leadership of the House over alleged gross misconduct but the High Court and the Appeal Court nullified the action of the Assembly and declared it illegal.

The Guardian learned that the suspended lawmakers were not allowed entry into the premises of the Assembly Complex despite a court order that asked the Assembly authority to reinstate them.

It was gathered that security men at the gate of the Assembly allegedly got the order from the Speaker, Mr. Bamidele Oloyeloogun, to stop all the suspended lawmakers from entering the premises.

Ogundeji, who accused the Assembly leadership of involvement in contempt of the court for ordering security men of the Assembly to bar them from entry into the complex to perform their legislative duties despite a court judgment, said: “Yesterday (Wednesday), the appellate court ruled that the motion brought before it concerning our suspension was frivolous and ordered that we should be reinstated to do our legislative duties immediately without hindrance.

“That is why we were here but on getting here (Assembly), we saw that everywhere was locked and we were not allowed to enter.”

HOWEVER, Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Mr. Gbenga Omole, in his reaction, said the House had not got a copy of the judgment.

Omole, who stated that the coming of the suspended lawmakers to the House without the copy of the judgment was mischievous and embarrassing, said: “As I am speaking with you, we only read the judgment on social media. We have not got a hard copy of the judgment.

“But because they are mischievous, that is why they didn’t bring along the copy of the judgment.”

In another development, the organised labour in the state has given Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu eight days to settle workers’ accumulated salaries and deductions or face industrial action.

The warning was contained in a letter addressed to the governor and signed yesterday by the state chairmen and secretaries of the NLC, TUC, and JNC.

Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole, Helen Odofin, Niyi Fabunmi; Omokehinde Shado, Tajudeen Balogun, and Kehinde Olomiye respectively.

They claimed that the state government was owing to workers’ October salary and six months deductions, which have crippled various co-operative societies in the state public service.