Ondo Speaker, Deputy, Two Others Defect To APC

Ondo Speaker, Three Others Leave PDP For APCFour members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, including the newly elected Speaker have decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmakers are: the new Speaker, Bamidele Oleyeloogun; Deputy Speaker, Iroju Ogundeji; former Deputy Speaker, Ayodeji Arowele and Segun Ajimotokin.

Speaking to reporters at the Governor’s office in Akure, the state’s capital, Honourable Oleyeloogun informed that the remaining PDP members of the Assembly will soon join the ruling party.

He assured the people of Ondo State that the lawmakers are ready to work with the executive arm of government to move the state forward.

“We are here to signify our intention to join the ruling party, the APC. The remaining ceremony will be carried out on the floor of the House of Assembly, but let me give you the assurance that our remaining colleagues are also on their way coming to this ruling party.

” I’m giving the people of Ondo, the assurance that all necessary things to be carried out in this state will be done when needed. I assure you that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is ready to work for the state and the legislative arm of government is ready to support him,” the Speaker said.

Dividends Of Democracy

Honourable Ogundeji, on his part, said the decision of the lawmakers to defect to APC was based on the fact that it is the platform where people of the state can enjoy the dividends of democracy.

“Our intention to decamp to the ruling party is not because of any other thing, but because of the fact that we know that it is only APC that can deliver the good dividends of democracy to our people.

“The interest of all of us here is the interest of the people that voted us into office, we don’t have any interest that we are representing here other than the interest of the people of Ondo State.

“The party that the people of Ondo State want is the APC and we believe that the only party that we can belong to that can make the dividends of democracy get to the people of Ondo State is the APC,” the Deputy Speaker explained.

The Secretary to the State Government, Honourable Ifedayo Abegunde, who received the defectors into the APC, pointed out that the development was in the best interest of the state.

“This is a welcome development and is a signal that APC is increasing in number and we are getting popular, and this I believe and I’m sure will translate to good governance in Ondo State.

“The more we are, the more confident our Governor is going to be, and the more we will be able to move Ondo State forward. I did this on behalf of my Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu,” he said.

With the defection, the number of APC members in the House has risen to nine, while the remaining 17 members belong to the PDP.

Sheriff’s Faction Of PDP Investigates Why Party Lost Ondo Election

Sheriff, Ali Modu Sheriff, PDP in Ondo elctionThe Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the loss of the party in the last governorship election in the state.

The Chairman of the faction, Prince Biyi Poroye, set up the seven-man committee which is headed by Senator Omololu Meroyi few days after the party lost the governorship seat to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Members of the committee are to investigate all actions of individuals or group of persons which were not in conformity with the party’s constitution and its fundamental objectives.

Power to Summon

They are to investigate, in particular, the breach of Section 7 (3) (c) of the party constitution which provides that the party shall adhere “to the policy of the rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices in pursuance of the principle of equity, justice and fairness”.

Considering that the party lost the election even as the incumbent, the committee will also look into the acts and omissions of the government which impacted the people including public servants negatively, culminating into people’s anger and rejection which affected the electoral fortunes of the party.

Another aspect that the committee has been mandated to investigate is the conduct of certain individuals in the disbursement of the resources of the party in the mobilisation of members for the election.

They were given the power to summon any member of the party in the course of their assignment and to do all things in tandem with and in furtherance of the aforementioned terms of reference.

According to a statement by the spokesman for the party in Ondo State, Yemi Aakintomide, some members of the party have already been summoned by the committee that will hold its hearing at the Conference Room of the party at its secretariat.

The summoned members are the Governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Deputy Governor Lasisi Oluboyo, all Commissioners and members of the State Executive Council, Ondo State House of Assembly, Honourable Jumoke Akindele, Speaker, Mr Clement Faboyede, Mr Fatai Adams, Mr Banji Okunomo and Mr Eyitayo Jegede.

Others summoned to appear at the office at Mr Oyemekun Road Akure between 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily starting from Tuesday, November 29 to Friday December 2 are Mr John Ola Mafo, Chairman OSOPADEC, Mr Wole Ogunyemi, Mr Bamiduro Dada, Mr Akin Akinbobola and all elected LG Council Chairmen.

Division in the PDP in Ondo State started after the former Chairman of the party, Senator Sheriff was removed in a convention held in Rivers State.

After his removal, his supporters refused to acknowledge the leadership of a caretaker committee set up by the party’s leaders and headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

The divide led to the election of two different candidates as the party’s representative in the governorship election.

The Sheriff faction of the party had presented their candidate, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, to the electoral body, claiming he was the legitimate candidate.

His name was added to the list of governorship candidates for the election after he secured a High Court ruling in his favour.

The other candidate of the Senator Makarfi faction, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, sought nullification of the ruling of the High Court at the Appeal Court.

After he secured the Appeal Court’s ruling in his favour, the electoral body replaced Mr Ibrahim’s name with that of Mr Jegede.

Mr Ibrahim proceeded to the Supreme Court, to seek the Judiciary’s final ruling on the issue, but lost that suit, when the court sustained the ruling of the Appeal Court.

After My Ibrahim lost at the Supreme Court, he asked his faction of the party to vote for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, a decision that political analysts had partly linked the PDP’s defeat to.

After the party lost the election to the candidate of the APC, the Makarfi faction described the Sheriff faction as agents of darkness that had the intention of destroying the party.

Unpaid Salaries: Ondo State Legislators Intervene In Dispute

Ondo_SpeakerMembers of the Ondo State House of Assembly have intervened in the dispute between the workers and government over the non payment of five months salary arrears.

The workers have been on industrial action ‎for two weeks to compel the state government to pay their salaries.

Meanwhile, Governor Olusegun Mimiko has stated severally that there is no sufficient funds in the coffers of the state to pay the salary arrears that the workers have been demanding for.

In order to resolve the crisis and deliberate on the way forward, the state legislators invited labour union leaders in the state for a meeting at the legislative chambers in Akure, the state capital.

The Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Jumoke Akindele,‎ while addressing the labour union leaders, promised to relay all their grievances and demands to the government.

The labour leaders spoke one after the other lamenting about the agonies the workers and pensioners in the state have been going through.

They vowed to continue the strike until the state government pays at least three months salary arrears out of the five months they are being owed.

They compelled the state government to, as a matter of urgency, ‎mop up all funds in the accounts for capital projects and all other accounts to pay their outstanding salaries.

The current inability of many states in Nigeria to pay workers’ salaries has become an issue of serious concern, therefore compelling the state governors to demand for resource control and increase in the revenue allocation from the federal government.

Ondo PDP: Court Reinstates Odimayo As Ode-Irele State Constituency Winner

Ondo PDPThe crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appears to be far from over.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has reinstated Mr Gbadebo Odimayo as the winner of State House of Assembly primary election for Ode-Irele State Constituency.

Delivering judgment on the suit filed by Mr Odimayo, challenging his substitution by the PDP, Justice Ahmed Mohammed said that having won the November 29, 2014 primary election monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Ondo PDP breached the law by fielding Mr Philip Ajimotoki in the general election.

Although the lawyer to the plaintiff applauded the judgment, lawyer to the defendant announced plans to immediately appeal against the judgment in addition to filing for a stay of execution of the judgment.

Ondo Lawmakers Restore Impeached Speaker, Deputy

OndoThe impeachment of the Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Honourable Jumoke Akindele, and her deputy, Fatai Olotu, has been reversed.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Honourable Olamide George, informed reporters about the reversal on Wednesday at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office in Akure, the Ondo State’s capital.

Honourable George, who is one of the 18 legislators that signed the impeachment notice, said that the House had resolved to allow the ‘status quo ante’ on the leadership of the Ondo State House as at March 7 to remain.

He insisted that the Ondo State House of Assembly remained united, cohesive and alive to its constitutional responsibilities.

Earlier, 18 out of the 26 members of the House carried out the impeachment of the reinstated legislators at the official residence of one of them at about 10:00PM local time on Tuesday.

While they elected Honourable Iroju Ogundeji as new Speaker, and Honourable Ayo Arowele,‎ as the Deputy Speaker, the aggrieved legislators decried that their interest were not well protected by the leadership.

Ondo State House Of Assembly Members Impeach Speaker

Ondo_SpeakerThe Ondo State House of Assembly members have impeached the Speaker, Hon Jumoke Akindele and her deputy, Hon Fatai Olotu‎.

18 out of the 26 members of the House carried out the impeachment in the official residence of one of them at about 10PM last night.

They elected Hon Iroju Ogundeji as new Speaker and Ayo Arowele‎ as Deputy Speaker.

The aggrieved legislators say their interest were not well protected by the former leadership.

The 26 member House is dominated by the PDP with 21 and APC with 5 members.

4 out of the APC members signed the notice.

The premises of the House of Assembly has been barricaded with armed policemen stationed at the entrance to forestall any breakdown of law and order‎ as a result of the development.

‎The names of members that signed the former speaker and deputy’s impeachment are:

1. Hon Arowele Ayodeji – Owo const 1
2. Hon Iroju Ogundeji – Odigbo 1
3. Hon. Olusola Oluyede – Ose
4. Hon. Akindiose Olusoji – Ondo East
5. Hon. Akintimehin Tuyi – Idanre
6. Hon. Akinruntan Abayomi – Ilaje 1
7. Hon. Fajolu Abimbola – Ileoluji –Okeigbo
8. Hon. Araoyinbo Olugbenga – Akoko NE
9. Hon. Olusegun Ajimotokin – Irele
10. Hon. Jamiu Suleiman Maito – AKoko NW 1
11. Hon. Felemu Olusegun – Akoko SW 2
12. Hon. Coker Adeniyi Malachi – Ilaje 2
13. Hon. Towase O Kuti – Akoko SE
14. Hon Kazeem M O S -Akoko SW1
15. Hon. Obadiah Vincent – Ese Odo
16. Hon. Ade Adeniyi – Ondo West 1
17. Hon. Olamide George – Akure North
18. Hon. Mukaila Musa – Owo 2

Ondo State APC, PDP Disagree Over Olanusi’s Impeachment

ondo state-APC,PDP-on olanusi's impeachmentThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State have disagreed on the recent impeachment and removal from office of the former Deputy Governor of the State, Mr Ali Olanusi.

Speaking to Channels Television on the issue in Akure, the State capital, a chieftain of APC in the State, Mr Kunle Adebayo, argued that the former Deputy Governor was not given fair hearing, as he was not duly served with the notice to appear before the panel of investigation.

He maintained that the decision of the State House of Assembly ‎to impeach Mr Olanusi was not acceptable.

But the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the State, Mr Banji Okunomo, said that the former Deputy Governor was duly served with the notice to appear before the panel of investigation to defend himself on the allegations brought against him.

Mr Okunomo, however, argued that the decision of the House to impeach Mr Olanusi was the necessary procedure to be taken. He further called on aggrieved parties to approach the court of law to seek justice.

Panel To Investigate Ondo Deputy Governor Begins Sitting

deputy governor

The seven-man panel of investigation set up by the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi, to look into the seven allegations leveled against the State Deputy Governor, Mr Ali Olanusi, has started sitting.

The ‎Ondo State House of Assembly had earlier directed the State Chief Judge to set up the panel. This is following the impeachment notice served on the Deputy Governor by the House.

While the Counsel of the defendant, the Deputy Governor insisted that his client was not served the notice and could not go on with the proceedings, the Counsel of the House of Assembly, Dayo Akinlaja, claimed that the Deputy Governor was only trying to shy away from the allegations leveled against him.

The Chairman of the panel, in his inauguration speech, Magistrate Olatunji Adeniyan (Rtd) promised that the panel would do its assignment with all fairness to the best of its ability.

The Counsel of the Deputy Governor, Benson Enikuomeh, told reporters that he was appearing at the panel in protest, as his client had not been served any notice to appear before the panel.

He, therefore, backs out of the proceedings, insisting that the panel cannot continue sitting, as he has not been briefed by his counsel on the issues leveled against him by the State Legislature.

On his part, the Counsel to the ‎House of Assembly, Dayo Akinlaja, insisted that the Deputy Governor could not claim not to have been served the notice as he is within the country.

Ondo CJ Sets Up 7 Man Panel To Investigate Deputy Governor

OndoFollowing the directive of the Ondo State House of Assembly to the Chief Judge to set up a panel to look into the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the deputy governor, Mr Alli Olanusi, a seven-man panel has been constituted by the Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi.

In a letter dated 23 April, 2015, the Chief Judge said “in line with the provision of section 188 (5) of the Constitution of Federal Republic Of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I have set up a seven man panel to investigate the allegations against the Deputy Governor as required by the constitution.

in Akure, the state capital, with Mr Olatunji Stanley Adeniyan as Chairman.

Members of the panel include Mr Aladesanmi Akingbade, Barr.Ademola Ekundayo, Ven. Richard Obafemi, Mr Abraham Kola Mathew, Mr Ibrahim Shodeinde and Mrs Eunice Yinka Obadele.

Mr Olatunji Stanley Adeniyan will serve as Chairman of the panel.

All members have been inaugurated.

The House had on Wednesday directed the State’s Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Kumuyi to set up a seven man panel to look into the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the deputy governor following the impeachment notice served him earlier in the week.

The lawmakers hinged their decision to impeach the deputy governor over allegations of gross misconduct, financial misappropriation, absenteeism from official duties and allegedly causing political disaffection in the cabinet of the state governor.

The impeachment notice signed by 20 of the 26 lawmakers was announced by the Speaker, Jumoke Akindele, after the clerk read 7 allegations against the Deputy Governor.