Ondo State Speaker’s Impeachment Reversed And Re-instated


Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Jumoke Akindele who was impeached on Tuesday, has been reinstated.

In a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Olamide George, to pressmen, it was declared that members, at a plenary on Wednesday 9th of March, 2016, which was a larger and official gathering, met to review the situation.

The members at the plenary consequently resolved to allow the status quo ante on the leadership of Ondo state house of assembly as at 7th March 2016 to remain.

George said the issue of the leadership crisis in the house was an internal affair and had been treated as such. On Tuesday, 8th of March, 2016, a sizeable number of members of Ondo state house of assembly met on some burning issues touching on the leadership of the house.

The meeting had the Speaker Jumoke Akindele and her deputy, Honourable Fatai Olotu impeached by the 18 members of the House.

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They were replaced by Honourable Iroju Ogundeji from Odigbo local government as Speaker and Honourable Ayo Arowele from Owo local government as the deputy speaker.

Security was beefed up at the assembly complex yesterday as additional policemen and an Armored Personnel Carrier APC were deployed there by the state Police authorities.

Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko is believed to have leaned on the lawmakers immediately after the Speaker’s impeachment was announced on Tuesday.

After an over-five-hours meeting with governor Olusegun Mimiko to resolve the uprising in the house, the members soft -peddled.

Iroju Ogundeji, who was chosen by the aggrieved members to replace Mrs. Akindele, was conspicuously absent at plenary attended by 23 of the House’s 26 members.

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Clement Faboyede, was also at the plenary to monitor proceedings and to ensure that nothing outside the arrangement reached at closed-door meeting occurred.

Majority of the members did not speak at the session, leaving the floor for the presentation of a report on the 2016 appropriation and the seconders of the motion to adopt and pass it into law.

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