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Ondo Assembly resumes sitting

By Dayo Johnson
There is a strong indication that legislative proceedings which were suspended for three weeks at the Ondo State House of Assembly over disagreement on the swearing-in of the newly elected member, Akindele Adeniyi will resume next week.

Indication to this emerged following a fruitful deliberation Governor Olusegun Mimiko had with the aggrieved lawmakers on Wednesday.

The lawmakers suspended indefinitely legislative proceedings following invasion of the Assembly by thugs when they were dilly-dallying over the swearing-in of the new member after fulfilling all requirements.

Dependable sources at the peace meeting held by the governor with the Lawmakers said all grey areas have been ironed out.

The meeting which was at the instance of the governor was to make the lawmakers, especially the PDP dominated members of the Assembly to see reason on the swearing-in of the new member.

Vanguard leant that the meeting was fruitful as the lawmakers opened up their minds on matters of disagreement with the state governor and other areas where they think the governor should improve upon for the development of the state.

The governor was quoted as saying that he is ready to work with the lawmakers and that they should stop playing politics with issues that would slow the state down or heat up the polity.

Vanguard gathered that other issues discussed during the meeting include the 2010 budget, the last by- election and the coming National Assembly by-election slated for next month.

It was agreed that the leadership of the Assembly would meet and later brief other members after which a decision would be taken on when to resume.

If the PDP dominated members in the Assembly do not introduce further surprises on resumption, Adeniyi is likely to be sworn-in immediately the members resume their legislative duties next week.

It would be recalled that the Federal High Court has paved the way for the swearing of the newly elected member following its decision on the matter last week.

Speaking with Vanguard, the Minority leader of the House, Mr Dayo Akinsoyinu confirmed that the meeting was fruitful, adding that other issues that would move the state forward were discussed with the governor at the Wednesday’s meeting.

Akinsoyinu said “we had a wonderful discussion with the governor. We not only discuss the issue of the swearing-in of the new members but other pressing issues that would move the state forward that would be of benefit to the people of the state.

“Resuming this week is out of it but we are still talking and hopefully we would resume for duties next week.


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