Ondo Assembly reopens as Akindele faction boycotts session, gives conditions for settlement

Ondo State House of Assembly yesterday reopened for sitting after seven weeks of being sealed off by officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force. It ordered the police to immediately retrieve the House properties still in possession of the impeached principal officers.

The plenary session, which commenced by 11:36am, was attended by 12 of the 26 lawmakers and presided over by Malachi Coker and the other two new principal officers that were elected after the Friday, January 27 leadership crisis.

It was gathered that the sitting would commence by 8:00am, but it was delayed till late in the morning as the workers, who resumed had to clean the dusty chamber for hours.

However, the other 13 lawmakers loyal to the impeached Speaker, Jumoke Akindele boycotted the session. Attempt to reach them as at press time was unsuccessful.

Majority Leader, Olamide George said the impeachment of the former leadership of the House stands and alleged that they withdrew N15 million without due process and parliamentary resolution.

The lawmakers maintained that the election of Coker, George and Ayodeji Arowele as the duly elected Speaker, Majority Leader and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly respectively was final. Proceedings were held in the presence of the Clerk, Bode Adeyelu and security agencies.

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