- The Ondo state House of Assembly at plenary reached a resolution to arrest the ex-deputy speaker for contravening the provision of the law
- At plenary, the parliament also voted to have his belongings and properties owned by the assembly to be seized
- Meanwhile, the Ondo state House of Assembly speaker at plenary urged the INEC to conduct a bye-election in Ogbibo constituency 1
Ondo, Akure - The Ondo state House of Assembly has declared vacant the seat of Ogundeji Iroju, the former deputy speaker, and the lawmaker representing Ogbibo constituency 1, Legit.ng reports.
This announcement was made by Bamidele Oleyelogun, the speaker of the Ondo state parliament, on Thursday, March 31 during the plenary.
Oleyelogun at plenary urged the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a bye-election within 90 days for Ogbibo constituency 1.
It was gathered that this was followed by a letter from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ondo state chapter.
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The clerk of the house, Jaeyeola Benjamin read the letter written by APC chairman, Ade Adetimehin on a request to declare Iroju's seat vacant following a notification written to the party by Odundeji Iroju on Saturday, March 19 resigning from the APC.
Also as contained in the letter, the ex-deputy disclosed he had switched political parties from APC to PDP in which he was elected under the umbrella of the former.
However, in the letter of the APC leadership in Ondo state, it expressly explained that the former deputy-speaker had contravened the provisions of the constitution by defecting.
This act as stated in the letter means the seat of the ex-deputy speaker is automatically vacant.
The majority leader, Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi letter moved the motion that his seat should be declared vacant and was seconded by Samuel Aderoboye.
Ondo parliament calls for by-election of vacant seat
The speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun said that based on the APC's letter and the house having acted in accordance with the constitution, he was declaring the seat vacant while a letter should be written to INEC to conduct a bye-election into the seat written 90 days.
He directed that Iroju's benefits and entitlements be stopped forthwith and all government property in his possession returned.
The speaker also directed the Commissioner of Police to arrest the former deputy speaker having recognised himself as the substantive deputy speaker at plenary last week.
In his reaction, Ogundeji Iroju said the house has acted contrary to the order of the court.
Plenary has been adjourned to Tuesday next week.
Ondo APC lawmaker escape assassination by gunmen
In another related development, Ondo state lawmaker, Akogun Olugbenga Omole, the chairman of Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Information, escaped death by the whiskers on Thursday, March 31.
Omole, who is a lawmaker o the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was attacked by some gunmen who fired several shots at his car on the night of Thursday.
Omole who confirmed the incident to TVC News said the horrible experience took place in Akure, the state capital.
Tension in Ondo, as terrorists attack community, kill 2
Meanwhile, two persons were reportedly shot dead by some men suspected to be terrorists at Okeluse Community in the Ose Local Government Area of Ondo state on Sunday evening, January 23.
The two were said to be an owner of a petrol station in the community and his attendant.
An eyewitness disclosed that the gunmen stormed the community at about 6pm and opened fire on the two persons.