Ogun Speaker begs colleagues to resume plenary

Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State

The majority lawmakers remain adamant on non-resumption of activities.

In a bid to rally support from his colleagues, the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, has commenced a house-to-house visit to appeal to the 19 lawmakers who boycotted the last plenary called by the speaker.

The lawmakers shunned Tuesday’s emergency plenary meant to screen commissioner nominees of the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

Although the House was officially on recess, the speaker called for the emergency session in order to screen the nominees sent to the lawmakers by Mr. Amosun on Monday.

However, 19 of the 26 members of the House shunned the sitting.

Sources close to Mr. Adekunbi say the speaker sees the action of the majority lawmakers as a threat to his office and fears that he might be impeached.

The speaker, sources told PREMIUM TIMES, is now making frantic efforts to pacify the aggrieved members, moving from one official residence of the lawmakers to the other.

The speaker’s gestures seem not to be working as some of the aggrieved members were said to be avoiding him. The lawmakers claim the speaker and Mr. Amosun have not taken issues of their welfare seriously.

“The speaker has been moving round from one house of member to the others to woo us, but we shall not resume until after our recess (on November 13),” a lawmaker disclosed.

“I don’t know why the hurry on the screening exercise, he is even entertaining fear that he might be impeached, but honestly speaking we are not out for that,” the lawmaker, who does not want his name mentioned for political reasons, said.

Efforts to reach the speaker were unsuccessful as his spokesperson, Akionla Waheed, did not return calls made to his phone.

The Ogun Assembly, dominated by the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, is split into two factions. A group is believed to be loyal to the former governor of the state and ACN leader, Olusegun Osoba; while the other camp, led by the speaker, is loyal to Mr. Amosun.

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