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We were locked out of plenary, Ondo lawmaker alleges


From Osagie Otabor, Akure

One of the lawmakers in the Ondo State House of Assembly, Rasheed Elegbeleye, who was allegedly locked out of plenary yesterday, has warned that the incident should not happen again.

Elegbeleye representing Akoko North East and Festus Akingbaso representing Idanre constituencies were seen in a viral video asking security personnel at the Assembly to open the gate for them.

They alleged in the video that they were prevented from entering the premises on the orders Speaker Bamidele Oleyelogun.

Both lawmakers are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Elegbeleye, who spoke about the incident in a telephone chat, said he was yet to understand why they were locked out.

He said they were not part of the lawmakers that were suspended, but were part of the nine lawmakers who refused to sign impeachment notice of Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi.

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He said: “We were invited by the parliamentary secretary for the plenary, but on getting to the gate of the Assembly, it was locked and the gatemen ran away. We were surprised to see this, after all, we are not suspended, even those suspended have been reinstated by the court.

“So we called the Speaker, but he did not pick his calls. We went back to our homes and on our way, the Speaker called us back, pretending to be unaware of our locking out, but we did not return to the Assembly.

“This thing will not happen again. Shutting me out is shutting out 180,000 members of my constituency.”

Spokesman for the Assembly, Gbenga Omole, said the two lawmakers were mischievous.

He said no lawmaker was locked out of the Assembly complex.

Omole said: “These lawmakers are aware that we are going on recess today and they just wanted to make some noise as usual. Four days ago they claimed thugs prevented them. Today they said they were locked out.

“In the video, you can hear that they received the notice to attend plenary. So if they are officially informed and invited, how can they be locked out again, is that not contradictory?”

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