Why Ondo Lawmakers Are Shunning Meeting With Akeredolu
The legislative arm of Ondo state government is comatose and there is urgent need for it's resuscitation.
But presently, it appears that the need to bring it back to life is beyond what the state governor can handle no matter how hard he tries.
The lawmakers from their body language, are not pleased with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
As far as they are concerned, the state governor is behind all their nemesis and they are not ready to listen to his plea for peace.
In a swift move to broker peace among them on Sunday, Governor Akeredolu convened a meeting at the government house in Akure but surprisingly, only seven out of 26 lawmakers were in attendance, 18 boycotted it, while the remaining one was said to have jetted out of the country.
According to some of the aggrieved members, holding a meeting with Governor Akeredolu is like dinning with the devil without a long spoon.
Specifically, a lawmaker who spoke to our Bounce News correspondent in confidence claimed that Akeredolu, just to have his way in the house, used the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) members led by it's chairman to unleash terror on them and wreck untold havoc on members, journalists and staff of the assembly on Friday.
"If any meeting would be held at all with the state governor, it has to be outside the state because we cannot afford to risk our lives going by the brutal experience we had last week.
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"The governor cannot guarantee our safety. The police can no longer protect us because they were there when we were attacked on Friday and because of this, we will not put our lives in danger by attending a meeting with the governor" he said.
A source within the government house disclosed that the meeting of the governor with the seven members that were present did not last for 20 minutes before it was over, which simply showed that the meeting was inconsequential.
Meanwhile, the state government, through it's commissioner for information, Yemi Olowolabi had refuted the accusation that Governor Akeredolu is meddling in the affairs of the house of assembly.
He however maintained that the governor did not believe that an Impeachment had taken place in the house.
The state house of assembly after the invasion by thugs on Friday was shut down indefinitely by the embattled speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun.
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