Ogun state house of assembly swears in elemide as new speaker

The Ogun State House of Assembly on Tuesday sworn-in Hon Oludaisi Elemide as the new speaker following last week impeachment of the immediate past speaker, Rt Hon Olukunle Oluomo over number of allegations.

Penpushing reports that twenty-two members of the assembly out of the twenty-six physically present at the plenary and unanimously elected Elemide, a member representing Odeda State Constituency, as the new Speaker of the state legislature.

The election of Elemide, at a plenary was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Bolanle Lateefat, Ajayi under the administration of the impeached speaker, who was later served impeachment notice by 25 out of the 26- member Assembly.

Penpushing further reports that Elemide nomination to lead the assembly was moved by Hon Adegoke Awoso, seconded by Hon Ademola Adeniran and supported through physical voting by all the 22 lawmakers present at the plenary

The Deputy Clerk, Barrister (Mrs.) Funmi Adeyemi, thereafter, administered the oath allegiance, while the assembly had earlier passed a resolution for the adoption of a report of the Ad-hoc Committee set up by the House for the consideration of the impeachment notice served on the former Speaker on the allegations bothering on embezzlement of funds, high handedness and other related offences held yesterday, Monday 29th January, 2023 at the Assembly Complex.

Penpushing also reports that the report of the ad hoc committee which interrogated the former Speaker said it was not on a witch hunting mission, adding that the sitting was an avenue for fair hearing on the allegations levelled against him.

‘At the commencement of interrogation, the Chairman made it clear to the embattled Speaker that the Committee is not on a witch hunting mission. However, the sitting is an avenue for fair hearing on the allegations levelled against him’, it reads.

‘The Rt. Hon. Speaker raised an observation that some of the committee members do not have the right to be a member of the committee to investigate him, since they were among the 18 Members who originally signed the impeachment notice’.it stated.

‘In response, the committee then established the fact that Order 2, Rule 9(vii) he referred to had been stepped down during the Plenary Session held on Monday 29th January, 2024. It was stated that the action was necessary in view of the fact that all the 25 Honourable Members are in support of the exercise, hence any member could serve in the committee’, it declared.

‘In the course of further cross examination of the Speaker, he insisted that the Chairman of the Committee must excuse him but his request was turned down since it was crystal clear to the Committee that the embattled Speaker wanted to cleverly evade questions from members of the Committee’, it added.

‘Rt. Hon. Olakunle Taiwo Oluomo, having observed that the Committee turned down his request, walked-out on the Committee to avoid responding to further questions from the Committee’, the report stated.

‘The Committee observed that, the arrogance attitude of the Rt. Hon. Speaker as displayed before it, wishes to state as follows, that: (i) the attitude of the Speaker shows that he has no regard for the Committee and by extension, the House of Assembly; and (ii.) His attitude is a clear admittance of the allegations contained in the impeachment notice served on him’. It reads

‘The Committee considering the above stated observations, found him guilty of all allegations levelled against him and consequently recommended that he should be impeached”, the report emphasised.

‘Consequent upon the presentation of the Adhoc Committee report by the Chairman, Musefiu Lamidi, who also moved the motion for its adoption, and was seconded by Hon. Oluseun Adesanya, all the 22 lawmakers present unanimously supported the impeachment during a physical voting supervised by the Clerk/Head of Legislative Service, Deji Adeyemo’.

‘The Majority Leader, Yusuf Sherif, thereafter moved the motion turning the submission to the resolution of the House for the impeachment of Olakunle Oluomo as the Speaker of the House, seconded by the Minority Leader, Adeleye Lukman with the support of all other lawmakers, after which the Deputy Speaker directed the Clerk of the House to communicate all concerned stakeholders on Oluomo’s impeachment with immediate effect’.

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