Mixed reactions trail last Friday invasion of the Ondo State House of Assembly by hoodlums suspected to be members of the National Union Road Transport Workers (NURTW) attacking lawmakers, staff and journalists at the premises of the state Assembly complex.
Lawmakers including the newly elected Speaker, Rt Hon Olumide George, Deputy Speaker, Bimbo Fajolu, and former Speaker Jumoke Akindele, were not spared from the attack by the men suspected to be members of NURTW in the state
Investigation by Tribune Online revealed that men of the transport union were misinformed about the impeachment process in the State House of Assembly.
A member of the union who spoke with Tribune Online explained that members of the union were informed that the lawmakers have commenced an impeachment process to ease out the state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu.
He stated that the leadership of the union received calls from an official of the governor, while the members mobilised to the state Assembly to disrupt the sitting but however regretted that the information was false.
He said: “We don’t know what was going on in the House of Assembly initially until when the chairman called us that he got a call that some lawmakers were sitting to impeach Governor Akeredolu. He said he was asked to send his boys to chase out the lawmakers.
“So the chairman ordered us to send everybody out of the House. He (chairman) said we should not allow the lawmakers to sit so that Akeredolu would not be impeached. But we later discovered that it was the speaker they impeached.”
Denying the state governor involvement in the attack,the State Commissioner for Information, Yemi Olowolabi, said governor Akeredolu had no hand in the crisis of the assembly.
According to him, impeachment is an inherent right of the lawmakers and said it was the right of the lawmakers to determine their leaders.
Olowolabi said the executive arm of government will not dabble into the crisis in the State House of Assembly and said “What the governor does is to invite the warring parties and try to find amicable solutions to the crisis and that is what the governor has been doing and will do.”
Thugs invaded the State House of Assembly on Friday after the impeachment of the Speaker of the House, Bamidele Oleyelogun who was subsequently replaced by Olumide George before they were chased out of the Assembly complex by the hoodlums.
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