In what seems like impossible, the Ogun State House of Assembly Speaker, RT. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo (APC-Ifo 1) has been unanimously removed as speaker.
Consequently, the lawmakers elected Oludaisi Elemide (APC-Odeda) as the new speaker.
Mr Oluomo was impeached by 18 out of the 26 members of assembly during the plenary presided over by the deputy speaker, Bolanle Ajayi (APC-Yewa South).
A lawmaker, Adegoke Adeyanju (APC-Yewa North I) moved the motion for Oluomo’s impeachment.
It was seconded by Ademola Adeniran Adeyinka, Sapele (APC-Sagamu II).
Mr Adeyanju had entered the assembly chamber with the maze, in the company of other lawmakers.
Speaking with journalists shortly after his election as the new speaker, Mr Elemide said the people of the state should expect the best from him.
“We are law abiding legislators. We want the world to know that there is now a changed in the leadership of the house of assembly,” he said.
Mr Elemide, who said 18 lawmakers supported his emergence as speaker, appealed to residents of the state to remain calm.
“We are in custody of all the authority of the house. We are assuring that the new leadership will support our governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
“I can assure you that the governor did not know anything about this impeachment,” he said.
Also speaking, Damilola Soneye (APC-Obafemi-Owode) noted that the speaker was supposed to be first among equals.
“The speaker was impeached due to gross misconduct, bordering on high handedness, lack of focus and transparency, arrogance, poor leadership style, financial misappropriation and inciting members against one another,” Mr Soneye said.
The impeached speaker was not present at plenary, while all efforts to get his reaction to the development proved abortive, as several calls made to his cell phone were not going through.
The clerk and the deputy clerk of the assembly, Deji Adeyemo and Funmilayo Adeyemi respectively, were at the plenary, while heavy security presence was noticed at the assembly complex.
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According to an impeachment letter signed by 18 members of the house and obtained by The Eaglesforesight on Tuesday, the lawmakers said the Speaker was removed because of gross misconduct, financial misappropriation among others.
“Dear Clerk/HLS; NOTICE OF IMPEACHMENT.
“1. Whereas the office of the Speaker is to be first among equals.
2. Whereas it is supposed to be dignified.
3. Whereas office of the Speaker supposed to be responsible to the Honorable members and the people of Ogun State.
4. Consequent upon the gross misconduct of MR SPEAKER which bothers on highhandedness, lack of focus and transparency, arrogance and poor leadership style, financial misappropriation and inciting members against themselves.
“5. Sequel to the gross misconduct above mentioned and in consonance with section 92 (2)(C) of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria and Order 11 of the Standing rule of the House of Assembly, We the undersigned duly elected members of the 10″ Assembly of Ogun State House of Assembly move for the impeachment of MR SPEAKER, RT HON. OLAKUNLE TAIWO OLUOMO with immediate effect.”
A Glance At Mr Olakunle Oluomo’s Offense
1• Embezzlement of quarters renovation fund
2 Nondisclosure of House of Assembly finances.
3• Embezzlement of monthly Seminar / Training fund.
4• Embezzlement of philanthropic gesture extended to the house e.g Yayi, Owodunni e.t.c
5• Spending House funds on personal travels without the consent / approval of the House.
INCITING HONORABLE MEMBERS AGAINST THEMSELVES:
6• Creating conflicts and fanning ember of discord between legislative and executive arms
7• Using foul languages against the honorable members.
8• Forcing his opinion on Honorable members.
LACK OF FOCUS AND TRANSPARENCY:
9• Obstructing and restricting Honorable members from performing their legislative duties.
ARROGANCE AND POOR LEADERSHIP
10● Flagrance disobedient to the court of law and collective decisions of the house.
11• Not a team player