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CONTROVERSY STRIKES: ONDO SPEAKER UNDER FIRE FOR ENDORSING AIYEDATIWA, AS 13 LAWMAKERS PASS VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE ON HIM

CONTROVERSY STRIKES: ONDO SPEAKER UNDER FIRE FOR ENDORSING AIYEDATIWA, AS 13 LAWMAKERS PASS VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE ON HIM

There was a palpable tension as 13 out of 26 members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have disowned the Speaker, Rt Hon. Olamide Olajidi for illegally endorsing Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa without due consultation.

The lawmakers have therefore passed a vote of no confidence on the Speaker.

Below is the full text of their resolution;

ONDO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY SPEAKER’S DISRESPECT FOR THE INDEPENDENCE AND INTEGRITY OF THE HOUSE IN HIS ENDORSEMENT POLITICS.

The Ondo State House of Assembly wishes to categorically state that it has not passed any resolution to endorse the incumbent Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, as purportedly announced by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji.

The House of Assembly operates on democratic principles, and would formally take a collective decision, follow due process and the relevant laws governing the State where it wishes to take any decision regarding the endorsement of a gubernatorial candidate

As Honourable members of the 10th Ondo State House of Assembly, we were shocked and disappointed to hear the public declaration made by the Honourable Speaker of the House, Rt Hon. Olamide Oladiji, to the extent that the Ondo State House of Assembly has agreed to support the governorship ambition of Governor Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa.

The said declaration by Mr. Speaker is untrue, misleading, un-parliamentary, and, to say the least, ridiculous.
We therefore wish to inform the good people of Ondo State at home and in the diaspora that:

  1. At no point did the Ondo State House of Assembly deliberate the governorship ambition of any of the numerous aspirants that have indicated their interests to contest for the State’s 2024 Governorship Election, let alone agree to support any particular aspirant.
  2. Mr. Speaker lacks the moral and legal authorities to speak or pledge support for any governorship aspirant on behalf of the House without the explicit consent of members.
  3. Mr. Speaker has, by his unconventional and false public declaration, misrepresented the honourable House, and in so doing, brought the 10th Ondo State House of Assembly into disrepute, needless controversies and breaching our confidence in his leadership.
  4. Consequently, we hereby pass a vote of no-confidence in the leadership of the Speaker, Rt Hon Olamide Oladiji.

The House of Assembly however reaffirms its commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring that all decisions taken are transparent enough and are in the best interest of the people of Ondo State.

Signed:

1, Hon Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi
Majority Leader

2, Hon MoyinOlorun Taiwo Ogunwumiju

3, Hon Oluwarotimi Babatunde Fasonu
Chief Whip

4, Hon Olajide Johnson Oguntodu
Minority Leader

5, Hon Raymond Daodu
Deputy Minority Leader

6, Hon Akinsuroju Akindolani Nelson

7, Hon AKOMOLAFE TEMITOPE

8, Hon Ifabiyi Samuel Olatunji

9, Hon Agbulu Tope Akeem

10, Hon Christopher Odunayo Ayebusiwa

11, Hon Atinuke Morenike Witherspoon.

12, Hon Biola John Oladapo

13, Hon Afe Felix


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