As a result of Tuesday’s disturbance at the Ogun State House of Assembly, heavy presence of police personnel was noticed in and around the premises of the House on Wednesday morning. The well armed mobile policemen who stood on guard prevented legislators from entering. Only staff of the House were allowed in to the offices and that was after they had been subjected to thorough screening. A new development however emerged as the Governor convened a peace meeting with the factions in the House of Assembly.
Violence broke out after four members of the House were suspended. The members however rejected the suspension and subsequently announced the suspension of the Speaker, Hon Suraj Adekunbi and the election of another Speaker, Remi Hassan who incidentally was one of those who had earlier been suspended. In the fracas that followed, the mace which is the symbol of authority was broken. Street Journal also gathered that the House is presently polarized with 13 members on each side and both sides have written to the police to notify the law enforcement agents of the suspension of some members.
The Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun however held a meeting with the lawmakers in which all the grievances were discussed and thrashed out. An assembly source disclosed to Street Journal on Wednesday afternoon that “with the amicable resolution, everything has come back to normal”. It is believed that by the time the House reconvenes, the status quo ante would remain, that is Hon Suraj Adekanbi remains the Speaker while the hitherto suspended members stand reinstated.
After apologizing to Nigerians for the unfortunate incidents that led to the suspension and counter suspension, Hon Adekanbi disclosed that the 26 members would hold a plenary session on Wednesday to officially reverse some of the decisions that led to the crisis.