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Lawmakers impeach Ondo Deputy Speaker

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By Osagie Otabor, Akure

Ondo lawmakers have impeached the Deputy Speaker, Hon Ogundeji Iroju for alleged gross misconduct.

Hon Iroju has been on suspension since July while his efforts to resume plenary following courts’ order have been unsuccessful.

Iroju’s impeachment followed a resolution presented by Tomide Akinrogunde.

Akinrogunde said the resolution was signed by 20 lawmakers in line with the Standing Order of the House and was subsequently adopted.

The lawmakers elected Aderoboye Samuel representing Odigbo Constituency II as the new Deputy Speaker.

Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, representing Owo Constituency 1 was picked as the new Majority leader while Akingbaso Festus, representing Idanre Constituency was appointed as the new Minority Leader and Taofeeq Mohammed as the new Chief Whip.

The Assembly also inaugurated a panel headed by Hon Abayomi Akinruntan to investigate allegation of gross misconduct against the former Deputy Speaker

Suspended lawmakers were yet to resume plenary as the Speaker announced that the House was yet to receive a copy of the court judgement declaring the suspension null and void.

The only Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) lawmaker in the Assembly, Hon Tomide Akinribido, said the procedure for removal of a Speaker or Deputy Speaker as contained in the Rules and Standing Orders was shamelessly violated.

“Our nation cannot be a developed one if we continue to violate the constitution and due process while also disregarding lawful court order and rule of law,” he said.

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