DRAMA! Ondo Lawmakers Exchange Blows During Plenary
Less than 24 hours after the Ondo State Deputy Speaker, Iroju Ogundeji was impeached by his colleagues, the impeachment was on Wednesday reversed by the lawmakers.
The reversal, however, came after the lawmakers exchanged blows.
Ogundeji, representing Odigbo Constituency 1 in the Assembly was impeached by 18 of 26 lawmakers.
Immediately after, Bimbo Fajolu who represents Ile Oluji/Oke Igbo Constituency, was sworn in as the new deputy Speaker.
However, it was gathered that the impeachment reversal came following the intervention of the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, the Chairman of the All Progress Congress, Ade Adetimehin and some other party leaders.
The motion for reinstatement at the plenary session was moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Gbenga Araoyinbo, and was seconded Fatai Olotu.
The Speaker, Oloyeloogun, also confirmed that the decision of the House to reverse the impeachment was effected by the leaders of the party — both in the state and outside the state.
Before the motion was moved, the lawmakers were engaged in shouting match over alleged directive by Governor Akeredolu that the impeached Deputy Speaker be reinstated.
The governor met with the lawmakers on Tuesday night and pleaded that Ogundeji be reinstated.
The directive reportedly divided the lawmakers.
About 12 of the lawmakers were reportedly ready to reverse the impeachment while 14 insisted that the Deputy Speaker remained impeached.
It was also gathered that the embattled Deputy Speaker and another lawmaker exchanged blows at the corridor of the House during the fiasco.
It took the intervention of party leaders, who came to the Assembly complex to beg the lawmakers before normalcy was restored.
The Speaker after the reinstatement of his deputy said: “Due to the intervention of the governor and some party leaders, the House hereby resolves that Iroju Ogundeji should be reinstated as the Deputy Speaker.“
Addressing journalists shortly after the plenary session, the House Committee Chairman on Information, Fatai Olotu, who earlier seconded the motion for reinstatement, said it is a good development in the interest of peace.
“There is no law in the House that cannot be reversed; that is what we have just done today.
“Nobody can benefit in crisis. Nothing is too big to sacrifice in the interest of peace. We are not voted here to come and be fighting,” Olotu explained.
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