Impeachment: Ondo Lawmakers Attack Akeredolu Over Interference
Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu appeared to have stirred the hornet's nest in the legislative arm.
The house was on Wednesday plunged into chaos over his alleged directive to reinstate the impeached deputy speaker, Ogundeji Iroju.
It was gathered that the governor had met with the lawmakers on Tuesday on the need not to heat up the polity.
He was alleged to have asked the Speaker to talk to other members to reinstate the sacked deputy speaker.
Reacting to the Governor's directive, a lawmaker who claimed anonymity said it is unlawful for the governor to meddle in the internal affairs of the lawmakers.
"It is totally illegal. The governor can only advise on issues like this. He has no right to order us to reinstate an impeached member.
"We didn't just wake up to impeach him. He violated the laid down principles of the house and votes were taken. Majority voted for his impeachment and the decision was taken.
"Due process was followed and we installed a new deputy speaker according to the constitution.
"So how can the governor now tell us to reverse the decision? Are we his cabinet members?"
Another member who also did not want his name mentioned, said what the governor did was uncalled for.
"As a legal professional, I don't expect governor Akeredolu to issue that kind of order. Legislature is a separate entity. He can't just order us to reverse our decision just because of his own personal interest.
"Well, he had succeeded in dividing the house. I must tell you that we have been pitched against ourselves in the house and as things stand right now, the battle line has just been drawn."
A staff in the house of assembly said it is totally abnormal for the governor to tell the lawmakers to reverse their decision.
"Is Iroju too big to be impeached? Is he a god that must be worshipped in the house? He has no regards for the speaker and it is a common knowledge everywhere. Even the governor knew about it.
"What he ought to have done was to invite the two house leaders to a round table talk in his office rather than waiting for a trouble day like this.
"The reinstatement of the deputy speaker has further divided the house and I don't think it can ever be in order till the end of their tenure in 2019."
It was gathered that the alleged Governor's directive was greeted with a shouting match and physical confrontation among the lawmakers.
The state police commissioner, Gbenga Adeyanju and that of the DSS and other security chiefs led a team of officers to restore peace in the assembly.
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