The Ogun State House of Assembly impeached its Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, on Tuesday, with 18 out of 26 members voting against him. The Deputy Speaker, Mrs Bolanle Ajayi (APC-Yewa South), presided over the house sitting.
Oluomo, who represented Ifo State Constituency, faced accusations of gross misconduct, highhandedness, lack of focus and transparency, financial misappropriation, and pursuit of selfish interests.
He was at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto Abeokuta, for the swearing-in of customary court judges when his colleagues impeached him. The assembly complex, Governors Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, was only a few meters away from the center.
The Assembly then chose Oludaisi Elemide (APC-Odeda) as the new speaker.
Some security officers loyal to Oluomo reportedly fired shots to prevent the impeachment, but their actions could not stop the move.
Adegoke Awoso (APC-Yewa North 1), who moved the motion for Oluomo’s impeachment, was seconded by Ademola Adeniran, another APC lawmaker from Sagamu Constituency II.
Adeyanju, also known as Awoso, entered the assembly chamber with the mace and other lawmakers.
Oluomo, who is on trial for financial misappropriation of N2bn, denied the fraud charges and said he would be cleared of them.
Elemide, the new speaker, told the press that he would do his best for the state.
“We are law-abiding legislators,” Elemide said. “We want the world to know that there has been a change in leadership.
“18 members signed for me to be the speaker. People should remain calm.
“We are in the custody of all the authorities of the house. We are saying that the new leadership will support the governor.
“The governor does not know anything about this impeachment.”
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The assembly complex also received a visit from the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, who said he came to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, Awoso claimed that policemen fired at his car’s tire, saying they were looking for guns in his car.
The Commissioner of police, however, denied any wrongdoing and said he was only at the Assembly to keep peace.
The house then suspended its sitting for a week. The plenary was attended by the Clerk and the Deputy Clerk, Mr Deji Adeyemo and Mrs Funmilayo Adeyemi.