Ondo Assembly crisis: APC breaks silence on involvement

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has stated that its Chairman, Ade Adetimehin, did not lead thugs to invade the State House of Assembly on Friday.

Olamide George, the newly elected Speaker on Saturday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue him and his colleagues from alleged reign of terror in the state.

George, alongside 17 other lawmakers, made the call at a news conference held in Ibadan, where they accused Governor Rotimi Akeredolu government of supervising violence and impunity over the change in the house.

Bamidele Oloyelogun and Ogundeji Iroju, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker were impeached on Friday.

George and Faloju Abimbola were immediately sworn-in as the new Speaker and deputy speaker.

George said that the former Speaker and his Deputy were impeached over established evidences of gross misconduct, financial recklessness, abuse of power and incompetence levelled against them.

“We are duly elected members of the state assembly, acting within the confines of the constitutional duties at plenary”, NAN quoted him as saying.

“Surprisingly, the impeached speaker led to the assembly, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ade Adetimehin, State APC Chairman, Mr Jacob Adebo, State Chairman, NURTW, about 50 heavily armed officers and thugs.

“They invaded the assembly and assaulted honourable members, assembly staff, journalists and visitors to the assembly complex,” he said.

Reacting, the State Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaye, said the chairman was only at the assembly to pacify the lawmakers.

According to him, the chairman got the information that the lawmakers were planning the impeachment of the Speaker and his deputy.

“The Chairman’s intention was to explore ways to pacify aggrieved members and ensure the situation did not degenerate to an ugly scene”, Nation quoted him as saying.

“Unfortunately, he was rebuffed by some members, who actually assaulted him, saying it was purely a party affair.

“It,therefore, amounts to a deliberate blackmail for any person or group to insinuate or say that a well-cultured democrat like Mr. Adetimehin would lead thugs to attack the honourable members of the House.”

The spokesman urged security agencies to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter and ensure punishment or sanction those found culpable.



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