Ondo Speaker Hijacks Mace

THE Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly has forcefully and illegally removed the mace from the State House of Assembly Complex. The Speaker, Hon. Taofeek Abdulsalam and some principal officers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were reported to have earlier gone to the Complex to remove the the State’s Legislature’s symbol of authority….”
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March 13, 2009 8:34 am
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THE Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly has forcefully and illegally removed the mace from the State House of Assembly Complex. The Speaker, Hon. Taofeek Abdulsalam and some principal officers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were reported to have earlier gone to the Complex to remove the the State’s Legislature’s symbol of authority.

According to investigation conducted by Osun Defender, their action was not unconnected with the face-off between the State’s executive arm of government and some aggrieved PDP lawmakers over the dissolution of the 18 Local Government. Councils in the State.

OSUN DEFENDER reliable gathered that action of the Speaker was borne out of his desire and some aggrieved legislators to cause trouble by initiating moves to impeach the governor
The House had adjourned since March 3rd and was supposed to resume last Wednesday as a result of some lingering crisis in the House.

On the recent lockout of the Speaker and some principal officers of the House, the opposition legislators in the House revealed that the action had become necessary with a view to preventing the lawmakers from performing what they termed some funny things as the day in question was a public holiday.

In a press statement released and signed by the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP. Aremu Adeniran, the police denied the Speaker’s claim that the State Commissioner of Police prevented him and other lawmakers from gaining access to the Legislative Chamber, as reported by some newspapers, as being untrue and baseless.

According to the release, the Police Command would not allow anyone rub its name in the mud and warned the lawmakers to avoid fomenting trouble, as this will be strictly resisted, the release concluded.

By FUNSO OJO, Akure

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