Ondo Speaker, Other Principal Officers In House Of Assembly Resign

Ondo Speaker, Other Principal Officers In House Of Assembly Resign

By Bayo Adegbite | Staff Writer on March 20, 2017
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Rt Honourable Jumoke Akindele, the first female speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly

Jumoke Akindele, the speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, has resigned from her leadership position along with other principal officers of the troubled legislative arm of the government of the southwestern state.

The resignation, which came in the morning of Monday, March 20, 2017, came on the heels of reconciliation and agreement between the two warring factions of the Assembly.

The letter of resignation of the principal officers, dated Monday, was officially received by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu this morning.

The other factional leaders of the Ondo House of Assembly is expected to do same to pave way for the election of new principal officers of the hallowed chamber.

Malachi Coker, who lead the other group, presided over a plenary session of the House on Monday with members of his group in attendance.

Akindele’s reason was stated as “change in the geopolitical permutation in the state”.

See the letter published by Ondo TV below.

Ondo House of Assembly principal officers resign March 20, 2017
Ondo House of Assembly principal officers resign March 20, 2017

In January 2017, 14 members of the Ondo State House of Assembly led by factional leader, Malachi Coker held a session in which they announced that they had impeached and suspended Rt. Honourable Akindele over an alleged N15 million fraud.

The “coup” was executed by 5 All Progressives Congress, APC, and nine PDP members.

According to the Coker-led gang, the plenary session was “an emergency” sitting.

A member of the house, Akindele, member representing Okitipupa 2, was also suspended for alleged fraud and “not carrying along his colleagues”.

The process was illegal and not in accordance with the rules of the House of Assembly which required two-third members of the house to impeach the speaker.

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