Update: Resolution of Ogun lawamkers’ crisis, birthday gift to Awolowo- Amosun

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.

The legislators apologized for their bad behavior.

The crisis which rocked the Ogun State House of Assembly on Tuesday, resulting in the damage of the Assembly mace, was on Wednesday resolved following the intervention of the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

Earlier in the day, police officers took over the premises of the assembly, denying t he two lawmakers’ factions access to the premises for any legislative session.

However, at about 10.00 a.m., the governor requested for a meeting with the two factions, comprising all the 26 lawmakers.

The meeting, a closed door one, lasted for over two hours inside the private office of Mr. Amosun.

At the end of the meeting, the members came out to inform journalists that they resolved the crisis amicably and the sacked speaker, Suraj Adekunbi, was asked to retain his seat. All suspended members were also reinstated.

Speaking with journalists, Remmy Hazzan, who was elected temporary speaker by 14 lawmakers on Tuesday, apologised to the public for the actions of all the 26 lawmakers.

“We offended the entire citizenry of Ogun State, but, sometimes you cannot completely rule out such when there are issues and it is going beyond what temper can handle and we are saying here to all the good people of Ogun State that we are sorry.

“Because, if this is a state where the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo hailed from, and he ran the best of parliament back then in the 60s and 70s, it should not be the state that would be an example of what is repugnant to the acceptable norms in a legislature,” he said.

Mr. Hazzan said the Ogun State Assembly is one big family and had risen above the crisis.

The Speaker, Mr. Adekunbi, agreed with Mr. Hazzan and expressed regrets for the lawmakers’ actions on Tuesday.

“Sincerely we want to use this medium to apologise to all good people of Ogun State for what transpired at the hallow chamber yesterday,” Mr. Adekunbi said.

Awolowo’s post-humus birthday

The state governor also apologised on behalf of the lawmakers, saying the resolution of the crisis was a post-humus birthday gift to former Premier of the Western Region of Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo.

“I want to apologise on behalf of the House of Assembly, the good people of Ogun and to all lovers of democracy. This is Ogun State, the home of Awolowo, Obasanjo, Soyinka and other giants who have laboured selflessly to make us what we are,” he said.

“So, we cannot afford to let them down, we are sorry. There can be no befitting birthday gift than this to the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. They are the ones that have laboured selflessly for all of us.

“So, I think this is a perfect birthday gift for Baba Obafemi Awolowo and respect for all others who have labored to place Ogun on an enviable height in the contest of the Nigerian nation or government,” Mr. Amosun said.

Mr. Awolowo was born on March 6, 1909 and died 26 years ago.

At the end of the meeting, the lawmakers convened at the assembly complex where they confirmed the new Commissioner for Justice in the State.


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