Ondo State ‘Rebel’ Lawmakers Received Threats To Lives

Thirteen aggrieved lawmakers of the Ondo State House of Assembly on Wednesday alleged that they have received threats to their lives over the crisis that has been rocking the assembly since the impeachment of former Speaker Jumoke Akindele.

The lawmakers, who have formed a ‘rebel group’ at the assembly, spoke to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, shortly after a political meeting in the town.

SaharaReporters gathered that the aggrieved lawmakers relocated to Ibadan on Monday evening shortly after the police sealed off the complex.

Iroju Ogundeji, spokesman for the rebel lawmakers, claimed that they have been receiving life-threatening phone calls from high profile politicians in Ondo State.

Mr. Ogundeji revealed that they decided to move outside the state and relocate to Ibadan due to the repeated threats.

“We had to move out of the state when our lives were no longer secure as a result of the threats,” Mr. Ogundeji told our correspondent.

He complained that Governor Olusegun Mimiko has also been causing further division among their legislators since the beginning of the crisis in the assembly.

“The truth of the matter is that the governor [Mimiko] is now using what I will call divide and rule tactics by calling us individually to settle scores over the crisis.

“Mimiko doesn’t want to call us as a group; he is probably trying to make a negotiation and it won’t work for him. We still hold our position that Jumoke Akindele has been impeached as the speaker of the assembly.

“Twenty Ondo State lawmakers signed her [Akindele] impeachment notice and we cannot deny our signatures. Even those who are still with her are just pretending,” he said.

Mr. Ogundeji maintained that Malachi Coker, representing Ilaje Constituency II, has been elected to serve as acting speaker.

While displaying a copy of the signed impeachment letter, Mr. Ogundeji also disclosed that the thirteen aggrieved lawmakers of the parliament were in possession of the assembly’s symbol – the mace and gavel – allowing lawmakers to conduct legislative business at the hallow chamber of the complex.

He disclosed that the thirteen lawmakers are determined to stop any form of corruption regarding the forceful presentation of the 2017 appropriation bill that outgoing Governor Mimiko might try to perpetrate.

“We are ready to stand against any form of injustice and corruption in the assembly, mostly regarding the forceful presentation of the 2017 budget to the House by Mimiko,” Mr. Ogundeji said.

SaharaReporters reported that crisis has been rocking the Ondo State House of Assembly since the discovery of a N15 million fraud allegedly perpetrated by Jumoke Akindele, and the assembly’s paymaster, Makanjuola Adesina.

Credit: Sahara Reporters

PDP Breaks Apart Further, Suspends Members of Sheriff’s Faction

The Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has announced the suspension of 22 members of the party, following their roles before and during last Saturday’s governorship election, which the party lost. Some of the suspended members belong to the Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the party.

The sanctioned members include Mr. Biyi Poroye, Denis Alonge, Ebenezer Alabi, Olabisi Johnson, Olu Ogunye, Omololu Meroyi, Yemi Ajonibode Musa Megida, Isaac Alase, Sola Ebiseni, Ademola Genty, Yemisi Akinyemiju, Dare Emiola, Yemisi Akinmade, Ade Adebawore, Bakita Bello and Adegboruwa Taiwo .

The party also suspended Mr. Omowole Oluwagbehinmi, Gbamila Ogunji, Abiye Ademoyegun, Johnson Alabi and Dara Akinbobola.

This was stated in a letter signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Banji Okunomo.

In the letter, the party said it carried out the punishment on the affected members “In line with Section 57 of the constitution of our party and the inherent powers conferred on the State Working Committee of the party.”

The party directed the affected members to appear before the disciplinary committee on Monday December 5, 2016 at the party secretariat in Akure, the state capital.

Why PDP Lost in Ondo- Kashamu

Shortly after  Akeredolu of the All Progressives Party (APC) was announced as the winner of the Ondo gubernatorial elections, Senator Buruji Kashamu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) released a formal statement explaining why his party lost the elections.

Kashamu, in a statement signed by him,  said that the refusal of the incumbent Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to listen to advice on where his successor should come from worked against him and the PDP during the election.

Kashamu said, “We told Governor Mimiko that after eight years in office,  the good people of Ondo State would resist the injustice of producing a successor from the same senatorial district where he hails from.

“It is not that Jegede is not a good material. He is urbane, intelligent and smart. He would have probably won had he come from any other senatorial zone than Mimiko’s.

“We told Mimiko that the people would not take anything that would look like a third term for him and his senatorial district. He would not listen.

“ Mimiko turned deaf ears to wise counsel, just like he turned his back on all those who helped him to power.

“Despite being the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Mimiko turned himself into Fayose’s puppet, allowing Fayose to lead him by the noose.”

This statement further divulges the chaotic state of the PDP. It would be recalled that earlier, Jimoh Ibrahim, a former contender from the other faction of the PDP claimed that he had only contested in order to waste Mimiko and Jegede’s time, to ensure they would not win. “Mimiko is dancing unclad”, he said.

Jegede Confirmed Again as PDP Candidate as Jimoh Ibrahim Loses At Supreme Court

The final week before Ondo State gubernatorial elections has featured surprising twists and turns. In a campaign that has been fraught with crisis in diverse quarters, the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court has finally helped the divided People’s Democratic Party (PDP) settle on one candidate, Eyitayo Jegede- just two days before elections.
A 5-man panel led by acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen, struck out the interlocutory appeals after hearing them as insisted by Jimoh Ibrahim’s counsel, Barrister Nwofor; thus crushing the last hopes Jimoh Ibrahim fervently claimed on Wednesday.
Following the Court of Appeal’s order for the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare Mr. Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Saturday governorship election, the other factional candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim proceeded to the highest court of the land, where his appeal was struck out the following day.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, already said Jimoh Ibrahim will be replaced with Eyitayo Jegede. This is because INEC had earlier replaced Jegede’s name with Ibrahim following an earlier ruling of an Abuja Federal High Court.
Reports claim that there was wild jubilation in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Wednesday following the judgment of the Court of Appeal, as pictures of the state residents celebrating on the streets of Akure filtered online.
Leader of the women group, of the PDP, Mrs. Easter Ebiwonjumi, told newsmen that the women in the state were happy about the court’s order against Jimoh Ibrahim.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim in a statement released shortly after Wednesday’s judgement accused the incumbent governor, Olusegun Mimiko of paying for the judgment with the state treasury, saying that “Mimiko will not succeed himself with Jegede; this is too sure”.