Ondo Assembly Reinstates Four Suspended Members

(File Photo) The Ondo State House of Assembly.

 

The Ondo State House of Assembly has announced the reinstatement of four suspended members of the House.

Speaker of the House, Bamidele Oleyelogun, announced this on Monday while presiding over the plenary at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Akure, the state capital.

The reinstated lawmakers include a former deputy speaker, Iroju Ogundeji (Odigbo I Constituency), as well as Favour Tomomewo (Ilaje II Constituency), Adewinle Adewale (Ondo West II Constituency), and Akinrindibo Leonard (Ondo West I Constituency).

Trouble started about six months ago in the build-up to the October 10 governorship election in the state.

This was triggered by the defection of the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and later to Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) where he contested the poll.

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Following his exit from the ruling party, the Assembly served a notice of impeachment on the deputy governor on July 7, citing allegations of gross misconduct.

But the four reinstated lawmakers and five others refused to sign the impeachment process of Agboola.

After the lawmakers were suspended, they later sued the Assembly before an Ondo State High Court in Akure which ordered their reinstatement.

Justice Ademola Bola who presided over the case had also ordered the Assembly’s leadership to pay each of the lawmakers N5 million for suspending them unlawfully.

Rather than obeying, the Assembly leadership filed a suit at the Court of Appeal seeking to stay the order of the lower court.

It, however, lost the case as the appellate court upheld the decision of the lower court.

Ondo Assembly Reverses Impeachment Of Deputy Speaker

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The Ondo State House of Assembly has reversed the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker, Iroju Ogundeji.

Hon. Ogundeji was impeached on Tuesday during plenary and replaced with Bimbo Fajolu.

The reversal of the impeachment was moved in a motion by the Majority Leader, Hon. Gbenga Araoyinbo and seconded by Hon. Fatai Olotu from Akoko North East Constituency.

According to the legislators, the reversal was as a result of the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians including leadership of APC in the state, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun amongst others.

Hon. Ogundeji was impeached by his colleagues for being at loggerheads with the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyeloogun.

He was among the 18 lawmakers who defected to the ruling party from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shortly after Governor Rotimi Akeredolu became governor in February 2017.

Fajolu’s nomination, on the other hand, was moved by Hon. Isreal Olajide, and was seconded by erstwhile Speaker, Hon. Jumoke Akindele.

He was immediately sworn in by the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyeloogun.

Fajolu represents Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo constituency in the Ondo State House of Assembly.

Ondo Assembly Summons Police Commissioner Over Ifon Robbery

Ondo Assembly Summons Police Commissioner Over Ifon Robbery
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Ondo State House of Assembly has summoned the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Olugbenga Adeyanju, and the Commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to appear before it.

The security chiefs were summoned by the lawmakers on Wednesday over the arrest and detention of a suspect said to be involved in the bank robbery that claimed the lives of three policemen at Ifon area of the state.

Ediong was reportedly arrested by the police at Uzeba in Edo State where he was said to be receiving treatment for his gunshot wounds

But the summons followed a motion sponsored by Honourable Olusola Oluyede from Ose Constituency who claimed that the suspect, one Joseph Ediong, was innocent of complicity in the robbery incident.

Oluyede told the lawmakers during plenary that Ediong was not an armed robber as claimed but was shot by a police officer during a protest by community members who condemned the robbery attack.

The lawmaker and his colleagues who spoke on the incident, however, pleaded with the police to allow the suspect have access to the hospital to remove the bullet on his leg.

Consequently, the Speaker, Honourable Bamidele Oleyeologun, read the resolution of the house which directed that all victims of the robbery attack should report to the palace, make a police report and receive treatment within the community.

The resolution also urged security personnel to be more discreet in carrying out their duties.

Ondo Assembly Commences Public Hearing On Three Bills

The Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation has commenced a two-day public hearing on three executive Bills currently before it.

The Bills are; the Fiscal Responsibility, Public Finance Management and Public Procurement Bills 2017.

It would be recalled that the hallowed Chamber at the plenary sitting last week Tuesday committed the three bills to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation for necessary action.

Declaring open the two-day event at the hallowed Chamber yesterday, the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun disclosed that the 8th Assembly accorded the three Bills under consideration high priority because they are among the key instruments that would strengthen the entire Finance Management system of public sector in the state in line with good practices and acceptable economic reforms.

He also promised the readiness of members of the House to ensure the bills are given accelerated consideration and speedy passage into law without compromising quality.

According to Oleyelogun, the cardinal objectives of the bills are to strengthen good governance and accountability, reduce corruption and deliver services more effectively.

He noted that the public hearings, which would be rounded off today Wednesday, were crucial for the House to distill public opinions and check the pulse of the stakeholders and provide everybody with the needed space to participate in the law-making processes.

The Speaker said the inputs of the actors from various fields and diverse backgrounds on certain legislative issues would aid the lawmakers.

“As we settle down to deliberate on these three Bills, our contributions must be guided by the fact that the state and Nigeria as a whole is undergoing a change; a re-evaluation, re-definition, and reconstruction across all sectors,” he said.

The Speaker emphasized that when passed into laws, the implementation of the provisions contained in the Bills would boost the dividends of democracy that the people of the state have been enjoying under the present government in the state, led by Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.

Stakeholders at the public hearings are heads of MDAs, higher institutions, and the Local Government Administration.

Earlier in his keynote address, the Chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Sunday Olajide, said the sensitivities of the three Bills informed the public hearing.

According to him, when eventually passed into laws, the Bills would be among major Statutory and Administrative Instruments that would be governing the conduct of fiscal and financial operations in the state for effective and efficient Public Finance Management System within the public service.

Olajide emphasised that the contributions from stakeholders would go a long way in coming up with enduring practicable legislation on the Bills for the benefit of the citizens of the state, assuring that the positive contributions of heads of MDAs would be given the necessary attention to collectively build the sunshine state.

There were contributions and objections from the stakeholders at the event.

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Funmilayo Ajayi, lauded the lawmakers for doing a good job, stressing that when passed into laws, the Bills would promote accountability and transparency in the public sector.

Police Deny Reported Closure Of Ondo Assembly

Police Denies Reported Closure Of Ondo AssemblyThe Police have condemned reports in the media that it has ordered the closure of the Ondo State House of Assembly complex.

A statement from the Force Headquarters, signed by the Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, described the report as misleading and malicious.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a report on page 40 of the Nation Newspaper of 7th February, 2017 credited to one Damisi Ojo captioned “IG Orders Closure of Ondo Assembly”

“The report was misleading, malicious and capable of misinforming members of the public on the statutory roles of the Nigeria Police Force to restore law and order, and guarantee the protection of lives and property throughout the country.

“The story is absolutely a shadowy imagination of the writer and should be disregarded.

“It is pertinent to state that there was no time that the Inspector General of Police ordered the closure of Ondo State House of Assembly as alleged by the writer.

“It is suffice to state that on the 30th January, 2017, there was a report of pandemonium, confusion and disorder in the Ondo State House of Assembly as a result of fracas between two (2) factions who are honourable members of the Assembly over purported change of leadership of the Ondo State House of Assembly.

“Police personnel from Ondo State Police Command were promptly deployed by the Commissioner of Police Ondo State to restore normalcy and prevent total breakdown of law and order in the Ondo State House of Assembly and the attendant anarchy and chaos that may occur in Akure town and other parts of the State.

“For the avoidance of doubt, it is imperative to remind the writer and members of the public who might have read the story that, Part II S.4 of Police Act and Regulations among other things states that: ‘The Police shall be employed for the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property…’

“Therefore, the deployment of Police personnel to restore normalcy and prevent further breakdown of law and order in Ondo State House of Assembly was in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.

“The Commissioner of Police, Ondo State is in charge of all operations of the Police in the State and does not need to wait for the order of the Inspector General of Police before taking appropriate action in ensuring law and order and protection of life and property.

“The Police personnel deployed at the House of Assembly complex in Ondo State are to maintain law and order and not to close down the Assembly. They are under instructions to be civil, firm and strict in the discharge of their duties.

“To this end, the Nigeria Police Force wishes to assure the media of its support and cooperation to ensure crime free society and credible reportage. The print media are implored not to allow the pages of their esteemed newspapers to be used by mischievous persons to publish story that are capable of causing disaffections.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris will not be distracted or deterred from carrying out his statutory responsibilities for the benefit of good people of Ondo State and all Nigerians.”