NURTW members sack Ondo Assembly, as speaker, deputy impeached

Members of the Ondo State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, on Friday, invaded the Ondo State House of Assembly and sent out the lawmakers and the staff of the assembly.

The development occurred shortly after the speaker of the House, Mr. Bamidele Oloyeloogun and his deputy, Mr. Iroju Ogundeji were impeached by the 18 members of the House.

The duo were replaced by Mr. Olamide George and Mr. Abimbola Fajolu as speaker and deputy speaker respectively.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the hoodlums humiliated lawmakers, staff and journalists as they had a field day in spite of the heavy presence of security personnel.

Oloyelogun, representing Ifedore Constituency, and Ogundeji, representing Odigbo Constituency II, were removed by two-third majority of the assembly amid rancour.

The two lawmakers were said to have been impeached over alleged “gross misconduct and incompetence”.

Meanwhile, Olamide George, representing Akure North Constituency, was elected as the new Speaker and Abimbola Fajolu, representing Ile Oluji/Oke Igbo, as the new Deputy Speaker by that removed the two principal officers.

Fatai Olotu, a member of the group and representing the Akoko North East, told journalists that both men had been sworn in.

However, the impeached speaker, who later held a plenary with his group shortly after the hoodlums chased away the new faction, said he remained the speaker of the Assembly as their impeachment did not follow due process.

Oleyelogun urged his supporters and people of the state to remain calm and be law-abiding, insisting that the impeachment would not stand.

He said the newly elected speaker and 15 other members of the assembly had been suspended for ‘unruly conduct’ and that the assembly activities had been adjourned indefinitely.


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