Ogun Assembly crisis deepens as lawmakers suspend two members

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The Ogun House of Assembly on Tuesday suspended Dare Kadiri, (Ijebu North II) and Solomon Osho (Remo North) for alleged breach of its rights and privileges.

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The Speaker of the assembly, Olakunle Oluomo (Ifo1), announced the suspension during plenary session of the assembly in Abeokuta.

Oluomo said that the lawmakers violated Section 17 of the assembly’s Legislative Power and Privileges Act of 2017.

“Order 6, Rule 19: 2 say that where a matter of privilege arises, it shall be taken into consideration immediately.

“I want to say that I received a resolution by an appropriate number of members of the house,
raising issues of privileges.

“The Resolution 1310, 2022 says: Suspension of some honourable members for breach of the provision of the Legislative House Power and Privileges, having been found to have severely breached the rights and privileges of the assembly and its leadership.

“This was done through violation of the provisions of Section 17 of Legislative House Power and
Privileges.

“The following honourable members – Oludare Kadiri and Solomon Osho – are hereby suspended
from the house and its activities forthwith until further notice, in line with the provisions of Section 14 and 15 of Legislative Powers and Privileges Act, 2017.”

“Since this has been signed by an appropriate number of people, it requires no vote or anything else:
so, they stand suspended,” the speaker ruled.

The Majority Leader of the assembly, Yusuf Sheriff (Ado Odo Ota 1), thereafter moved a motion for adjournment of the plenary session until September 20.

He was supported by Abayomi Fasuwa (Ijebu North East).

Last week, the speaker had named his former Deputy, Dare Kadiri, as one of those behind his ordeals with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

While maintaining his innocence in the recent EFCC charges against him, Oluomo said “I will want the court to decide because the hyperbolic nature of the petitions written by the impeached former Deputy Speaker, Dare Kadiri was also reflected in the charges.”

In a statement on Friday after he resumed office, following the perfection of his bail conditions, Oluomo said he was not the Accounting Officer of the Assembly, adding that the House only operates one bank account.

“By law, I am not the Accounting Officer of the House, for emphasis, the House under my leadership operates only one bank account since 2019, through which running costs and allowances are paid directly into the bank accounts of individual Honourable members and staff of the House including the petitioner,” he stated.

Oluomo clarified that “charges 10 and 11 are for the Eighth legislature before I became the Speaker.”

He added that the refusal to honour the initial invitation of the EFCC was because of the method adopted by the anti-graft agency, which he said is against section 36 of the Constitution.

“We challenged it in court, this is in the public domain as it was widely reported but the EFCC refused to wait for the pronouncement in that case before taking further steps, despite having joined issues with us in court.

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“I have always been disciplined and upright in my position, conduct and dealings with people, I shall continue to remain myself with truth and honour as my goal. I thank everyone that showed love and concern in the last few days.

Thanks and God bless you all,” he submitted.