*As they planned to decamp to LP
By Dayo Johnson
AKUREâ€”THE newly elected Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly,Â Samuel Adesina and the Whip of the Assembly, Idowu Adebusuyi have been suspended by their party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for their involvement in the impeachment of the former leaders of the Assembly.
With the axing of these two members of the PDP indication emerged, weekend, that they and two others may decamp to the ruling Labour Party, LP, this week thereby deepening the crisis in the party in the state and giving the LP the highest number in the Assembly.
Several meetings were held behind closed doors by the camp of the new Speaker and the ousted Speaker, Taofiq Abdulsalam over the development with both parties talking tough that they would resume sitting this week.
PDP rejects former Speaker, Deputy’s removal
Meanwhile a statement by the PDP Publicity secretary, Chief Adeyemi Adedipe, said the party rejected and disowned the removal of Taokeek Abdulsalam as the speaker and Mayowa Akinfolarin as the deputy speaker, describing it as â€œcriminal illegalityâ€.
â€œThe PDP disowns the purported change that seeks to oust Abdusalam and Mayowa. Our party views strongly the unwholesome participation by the duo of Hon. Adebusuyi and Adesina as anti-party action which will not be condoned in any manner whatsoever.â€
The Party said it had confirmed that only 15 out of the 26 members of the House took part in the proceedings and that the signatures of some members were forged to arrive at the needed 18 members.
According to the statement, â€œOur party views very strongly the unwholesome participation by the duo of Idowu Adebusuyi representing Ifedore and Samuel Adesina representing Odigbo II as anti-party action which will not be condoned in any manner whatsoever. The party resolves to support all other party members in the Assembly in their petitions before the security agencies in their quest to unravel all those behind the criminal forgeries of signatures that purportedly served the purpose of carrying out the unlawful removal, which action was inimical to the peace and orderly conduct of the Assembly. We appeal to our teeming supporters and the entire people of the State to remain calm as our people will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the rule of law, accountability and transparency prevails as alchemy for good governance in Ondo State.â€
Former Speaker threatens to resume duty
Meanwhile, the ousted leadership led by Abdulsalam has insisted that the status quo remains but the new Speaker urged them to wake up from their sleep to face the realities that they have lost out.
Abdusalam and the incumbent Speaker are threatening to resume next week for normal legislative duties, a development which may snowballed into violence.
Already, the House had adjourned indefinitely while all standing Committees had been dissolved after the impeachment carried out by 18 members of the Assembly lastThursday.
This was coming as the sacked Speaker raised alarm that his security details have been withdrawn on the order of the Commissioner of Police.