The 18 members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, who effected a change in their leadership, weekend, have alleged threats to their lives and relocated to Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
APC’s Issa-Onilu Seven of them were beaten up and injured, last Friday, when members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, led by the state Chairman Jacob Adebo, invaded the assembly after the impeachment of the Speaker and his Deputy, Hon Bamidele Oloyelogun and Ogundeji lroju, respectively.
The lawmakers relocated to lbadan following fear of further attacks by the NURTW members. Vanguardreports.
Hon Olamide George and Faloju Abimbola were sworn-in on Friday as the new speaker and deputy speaker respectively.
Meanwhile, a peace meeting called by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, weekend, to reverse the impeachment was shunned by the 18 lawmakers.
Only the seven members in the camp of the sacked leaders attended. It was gathered that the lawmakers boycotted the meeting because of their safety after the attack of last Friday.
A petition to the Inspector-General of Police signed by the new speaker, his deputy and the Majority Leader, Gbenga Araoyinbo, also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue them from alleged reign of terror in the state, alleging that since Friday, their family members were being threatened over the impeachment.
George said that the former speaker and his deputy were impeached over gross misconduct, financial recklessness, abuse of power and incompetence.
“We are duly elected members of the state assembly, acting within the confines of the constitutional duties at plenary. Surprisingly, the impeached speaker led to the assembly, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ade Adetimehin, State APC Chairman, Mr Jacob Adebo, State Chairman, NURTW, about 50 heavily armed officers and thugs. They invaded the assembly and assaulted honourable members, assembly staff, journalists and visitors to the assembly complex,” he said.
George said there are video and pictorial documentations of the alleged vandalization of cars and properties worth several millions of naira by thugs under the supervision of Adeyanju.
Faloju, the new deputy speaker, corroborated George’s claims and called on Inspector General of Police to immediately redeploy the commissioner of police from the state, who he accused of bias.