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Why We Impeached Ondo Speaker, Deputy – Fatai Olotu
11-10-2018, 05:47 AM,
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Why We Impeached Ondo Speaker, Deputy – Fatai Olotu
The spokesperson of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt.
Hon Fatai Olotu, representing Akoko North-East state
constituency at the house, has disclosed that the impeachment
of the former Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun and his
deputy, Rt. Hon. Iroju Ogundeji was due to alleged
incompetence and financial misappropriation.
Olotu who spoke with DAILY POST on Thursday maintained
that within the spate of six months the former leadership
exhausted N1.5 billion budgetary allocation of the house meant
to last one year.
He stated that the impeachment is in accordance with the
law as 18 out of 26 members of the house supported their
removal, which he said formed two-third majority needed and
was also witnessed by the clerk of the house, Mr. Bode
Adeyelu.
He said “In accordance with the rule guiding the house and by
the power conferred on members of the house, the house as at
today has successfully impeached the former speaker and
deputy speaker.
“Immediately after their removal, Rt. Hon. Olamide George
from Akure North state constituency was elected as speaker
and was duly sworn in by the clerk of the house. Rt. Hon.
Abimbola Fajolu representing Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo was also
sworn in.
“For the avoidance of doubt, 18 members moved for their
removal, that’s to say that’s two-third of the members of the
house, so we’ve fulfilled that requirement.
“There are many reasons for their removal, but I want you to
know that changing leadership is an inherent right of the
members of the house. But this former speaker of the house
has shown great incompetence. The have run the house
aground financially.
“Just for an instance as at June this year, the Speaker and the
deputy speaker have exhausted all budgetary allocation for the
house with the knowledge of the member which is to the tune
of 1.5 billion Naira.
“It’s when we stumbled on this, a budget that is supposed to
run for a year they exhausted it within six months, which
was already exhausted as at June this year. They never
followed due process. If you have to run the finances of the
house we have cash allocation committee which is their duty.
It’s the parliament that must approve such monies not the
sole responsibility of the speaker.
Also, Rt. Hon. Fatai Olotu who was once a former Deputy
Speaker of the house has admonished the Governor,
Oluwarotimi Akeredolu not to interfere with the development.
“The speaker and the deputy are grossly incompetent in
running the affairs of the house and they are in the habit of
blackmailing members, because they know that their time is
over.
“We have even informed the executive that we don’t want
them again. But they have been telling the executive that
once they are removed, the governor would be removed.
“I’ve been in the house for some time, there’s no nexus
between removing the leadership of house and that of the
governor. Because the governor has not committed any
impeachable offence. To best of our knowledge the governor
has not done anything wrong.
“You were elected by members, if the they say they no longer
want you, then you comply.
“We have never seen that kind of leadership that has run the
house in the manner that does not have regards for the house.
“They are lots of other things we would address the press in
due course. But the house has carried out its constitutional
role. We don’t have any problem with the governor; we don’t
have any problem with the executive. The executive should
stay out of this.
“The last time we impeached the deputy speaker, the pressure
was on us. The pressure was just too much we have to reverse
it. The reversal was unconstitutional, it was illegal, he
stated.
Also, the new Speaker, Olamide George said that the
impeachment was aimed at correcting the series of anomalies
of the former principal officers.
“There are lots of undercovers going on the house and these are
reasons why members have to come together and changed the
leadership.
“In line with the rules of the House, two third which is
eighteen members signed the impeachment of the Speaker and
the Deputy Speaker.
“So, it is a new dawn for us. We are not fighting the
government. I belong to the APC and I stand with my party”
he said.
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