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Why Lagos Deputy Speaker was impeached

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Gbenga Akanmu

Lagos – Indications emerged yesterday on why the former Deputy Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, was impeached.

Tejuosho was on Monday impeached for gross misconduct bordering on undermining the authority of the House as well as disrespect to the House and violation of House rules.

Meanwhile, a source at the House of Assembly who preferred anonymity told Vanguard that Tejuosho could have been impeached long ago but for the intervention of personalities in the state who prevailed on members to sheath their swords.

The impeachment was carried out, Monday, at an emergency sitting where another Deputy Speaker was nominated.

The emergency plenary which was scheduled to commence by 10.a.m did not start until 3.30 p.m. due to the executive meeting in the office of the speaker.

Speaking under personal explanation, Onibiyo Adelabu, Chairman, Committee on Local Government Administration reported to members how he and members of his committee were manhandled at Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area (LCDA) when they went on examination of projects.

The impeachment notice was signed by 30 members and when the speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, put the matter to vote, 28 lawmakers voted in favour while three were against with one abstaining.

Reacting to the letter, the speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikuforiji said he was not happy about the impeachment of  Tejuosho, saying he needs to confirm from members those who wanted Tejuosho to be impeached.

The speaker said: “It was sad for me because this is the first time that a principal officer is proposed for an impeachment. My hands are tied because 30 members have signed the removal.”

Immediately after, Bola Badmus-Olujobi was appointed the new deputy speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly.


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