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Impeached Ogun Speaker Oluomo Escapes Suspension

The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Oludaisi Elemide, on Tuesday, stepped down a motion asking for the suspension of former Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo for 14 legislative days.

The motion was moved by the member representing Abeokuta North State Constituency, Dr Babatunde Tella, and co-sponsored by five other lawmakers.

The former Speaker was last month removed by 18 out of 26 lawmakers over allegations bordering on financial misappropriation,  high-handedness, gross misconduct, arrogance, poor leadership style, lack of focus and transparency, and pitting members against one another.

Oluomo, however, described his removal as illegal, saying that he had instituted a suit at the state high court to challenge his impeachment.

Ruling on the motion after it was debated by all the other co-sponsors, Elemide pleaded with his colleagues to consider the efforts of Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration in conjunction with the legislature in turning around the state for the better.

The Speaker explained that although Oluomo violated the regulations of the House, the present leadership would be magnanimous in always upholding the sanity of the institution, being the symbol of democracy.

Earlier, Tella, who is also the Assembly’s Deputy Chief Whip, opened the debate on the motion and condemned Oluomo.

“Note that by taking this House to the court of law, he had shown a clear manifestation of an unfriendly disposition and disregard for the laws and statutes guiding the operations of this House,” he said.

The Assembly later observed a minute silence in honour of the late artist and cultural icon, Pa Jimi Solanke, who passed away on Monday at age 81 years.

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