- Leonard Tomide Akinribido has said that his suspension was politically motivated
- The lawmaker described the decision of the Ondo state House of Assembly against him as witch-hunting
- Akinribido said that it all started when he refused to support moves to impeach the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi
Leonard Tomide Akinribido, the recently suspended lawmaker in Ondo has given his opinion as to why the state House of Assembly took the decision against him.
Akinribido, speaking with journalists, said that he was suspended because he refused to support moves to impeach the state's deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, The Nation reports.
Denying that he used vulgar language on the speaker of the House during plenary, the suspended lawmaker said that his suspension was politically motivated, adding that it is mere witch-hunting.
He went on to say that the moves against him became more serious following Ajayi's planned defection to the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following reports of misconduct, the Ondo state House of Assembly had suspended Akinribido, representing Ondo West constituency 1.
Akinribido's suspension came about a month after three lawmakers were suspended by the House. Reports have it that the lawmaker, a member of the ZLP, was suspended for making use of improper language during plenary.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Irioju Ogundeji, the deputy speaker of Ondo state House of Assembly and another member of the House, Adewale Williams, had been suspended by the leadership of the Assembly.
Both lawmakers were among the nine lawmakers that kicked against impeachment move against deputy governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi. Legit.ng gathered that they were suspended for alleged unruly behaviour.
Also, 14 members of the Ondo state House of Assembly wanted Ajayi impeached. It was reported that the lawmakers accused the deputy governor of gross misconduct, abuse of office with actions likely to bring down state government, financial recklessness, abandonment of office, official duties and other assignments, the altercation with the state's commissioner of police.
The lawmakers also alleged that Ajayi's actions on Sunday, June 21, could cause a breach of peace, adding that he attempted to incite the citizens against the state government and false claims against the state House of Assembly.
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