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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Why we reinstated suspended lawmakers –ODHA

By Josephine Oguntoyinbo


Ondo State House of Assembly has said that the reason for recalling the four suspended lawmakers was to obey the court’s order.
The house, however maintained that it was not served with the Court’s judgement until recently.
The House lifted the suspension order of four members of the house on Monday at a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun.
According to the Speaker, the House based on its regulatory proceedings had to consider the judgement at its parliamentary meeting where a resolution to seek the advice of the Judiciary and Legal Committee on the court judgement was reached.
The four lawmakers include, former Deputy Speaker, Iroju Ogundeji representing Odigbo constituency 1,Mrs Favour Tomomewo representing Ilaje 2, Adewinle Adewale Williams representing Ondo West Constituency 2,and Akinrindibo Leonard representing Ondo West 1.
The Speaker explained that the decision would allow them to continue with their legislative duties in line with constitutional roles as representatives of various constituencies.
On July 8 and 9 this year, the state house of Assembly suspended four lawmakers over alleged gross misconduct and indiscipline at the floor of the house in accordance with the rules and standing order of the house.
The affected lawmakers approached the competent court for redress where the court upheld the reinstatement of suspended lawmakers.
Oleyelogun in his ruling lifted the suspension of the four affected lawmakers adding that the legislative arm of government is a respectal of the rule of law and must act independently to serve as checks and balance for each other.
Oleyelogun thereby directed the Clerk of the House ,Mr Bode Adeyelu to duly notify the security operatives and concerned lawmakers to commence their legislative duties in the interest of all and sundry.
Speaking after the plenary sitting, the Chairman House Committee on Informaton, Olugbenga Omole noted that the lifting of the suspension order is to create an harmonious relationship and allow peace between the lawmakers in the spirit of oneness.
He emphazied that the lawmakers can now resume their legislative duties as agreed ,saying that there should be independence among the three tiers of government and cordial synergy in delivering dividends of democracy to the public.
“Now that we got the court judgement officially, we have to respect the law.We emphasized that there should be independence among the three tiers of Government.I maintained in press releases that there would be a time that there will be a solution to all these hiccups in the House of Assembly. And we are getting there now in the spirit of this season, and in the spirit of oneness.
“I said it earlier that when we want to lift the suspension, it will be at a plenary, not in the court.
We have to do the proper thing through a Parliamentary meeting and plenary,where we would lift the suspension, that was exactly what we did,”he stressed.

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