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Ondo: 10 lawmakers insist on boycotting Assembly

…fault impeachment of former speaker, deputy

By Dayo Johnson
TEN opposition members in Ondo State House of Assembly,  have said they would continue to shun legislative proceedings until the impeachment that ousted the immediate past leadership of the House is properly done.

The Ten out of the 26 members of the Assembly who are members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the past four weeks, have been boycotting legislative proceeding in the state, insisting that the impeachment of Taofeek Abdussalam as Speaker and Mayowa Akinfolarin as his deputy was faulty.

A member representing Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo state constituency, Henry Akinsuroju, at a rally said “the House of Assembly could decide to change as many as four speakers within one month. It is normal but such exercise must follow due process. If there should be a good relationship among the lawmakers”

Akinsuroju, a member, PDP, denied that he was planning to decamp to the Labour Party, LP, instead, said he was eyeing the Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo/Odigbo seat at the House of Representatives next year.

According to him, the solution to the crisis in the House did not lie in the manner with which the present leadership of the House had been handling the issue.

Advises leadership against vendetta

Akinsuroju said, “the way out of the crisis in the State House of Assembly is very simple. Everybody knows that the so-called impeachment at the House was not properly carried out. The suspension of some members by any party will also not solve the problem. The current leadership of the House should be able to reach to their colleagues. The new speaker should not embark on any vendetta. He should ensure that what is due to every member is released to him or her so that the crisis will not further degenerate into a serious one.”

On if the new leadership penalize them, Akinsuroju said, the new leadership of the Assembly would not be able to penalize him and others for shunning the legislative business because they have not violated any section of the constitution.

“A new session has just started and if I have not been with them for quite sometime, I will be careful to ensure that I carried out my obligation to the best of my ability. If the House is not properly constituted, I cannot go there and sit because that will be against my conscience. The speaker has not reached out to the aggrieved members; rather, he embarked on a vendetta mission. My people would not be happy if they see me among traitors. The people of Ile-Oluji who I am representing are no traitors so I cannot afford to be one.”

On the chances of the PDP in the state following the crisis in the party, Akinsuroju said the PDP was the party to beat in the next election based on what it had been able to do for the people of the state.

“We need to sensitize the people, the party has done a lot of things for them in the past. The PDP increased the numbers of transformers in Ile-Oluji from four to 16 not to talk of the suburb. We also provided health centres in all the wards in the council.

“We have a beautiful recreation centre provided by the PDP in Ile-Oluji. As the representative of the council in the House of Assembly, l have used my money to grade some roads. Presently, I am grading Awo-Ayesan and Sadi roads in Ile-Oluji, I also graded Kajola-Olorunsogo road at the same time with my constituency project funds.

Akinsuroju said “I provided transformers in Ile-Oluji and contributed towards the extension of electricity supply to areas without public power supply. We have done a lot for the people.”


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