▪︎Panel to probe allegation of gross misconduct inaugurated
▪︎My removal null, void, done clandestinely
The crisis in the Ondo state House of Assembly worsened on Tuesday, as the deputy speaker, Rt Hon Iroju Ogundeji was removed from office.
A panel to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against the former Deputy Speaker has also been inaugurated by the assembly.
The leadership of the assembly said that 20 of the twenty-six members signed the impeachment of the deputy speaker.
But in a swift reaction, Ogundeji described his impeachment as null and void, insisting that the leadership of the assembly did not have the required number of lawmakers to impeach him.
According to him, It was done clandestinely.
Ogundeji challenged the leadership of the assembly to publish the names of those that signed his impeachment.
The deputy speaker is the arrowhead of the nine lawmakers that refused to sign the failed impeachment notice served on the deputy governor a few months ago.
The deputy speaker and other lawmakers including Hon Favour Tomomewo, Wale Williams and Tomiwa Akinribido were suspended from the assembly for their action, citing gross indiscipline and misconduct but they were later reinstated by the State High court.
The leadership of the assembly led by the Speaker, Rt Hon Bamidele Oloyelogun proceeded to the Court of Appeal for a stay of execution order against the high court judgement reinstating the three lawmakers.
But Justice Folayemi Omoleye who in her verdict queried the appellants for bringing a frivolous suit dismissed the stay of execution suit filed by the Ondo state house of assembly against the judgment of the high court reinstating suspended lawmakers. (Vanguard)