Ogun Assembly pardons suspended lawmaker

Ogun State House of Assembly has recalled one of the two members it recently suspended, Solomon Osho, representing Remo North State Constituency from an indefinite suspension, following deliberation on his appeal and subsequent acceptance of his appeal letter which was acknowledged at the previous plenary.

Osho’s recall followed the presentation of the report of the Whole House by the Deputy Speaker, Akeem Balogun in respect of H.R No 131/OG/2022 at a plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo.

Subsequently, the Majority leader, Yusuf Sheriff moved the motion for the adoption of the report, which was supported by other lawmakers through a voice vote.

The report partly reads, “members at the meeting discussed the letter of appeal extensively based on the passionate plea and remorse shown by Hon. Osho as well as tendering an apology for whatever he might have done to warrant the suspension, as it was never intentional and without prejudice to the Rights and Privileges of the Hallowed House.

“Members observed that going by the previous conduct of the suspended Hon. Member, which had always been with decorum and respect for constituted authority and having promised to also continue to keep same sacred till the end of his tenure as a worthy representative of his people, members agreed that his appeal be graciously considered.

“The Committee resolved that the suspension be revoked and Hon. Osho be reinstated with effect from today, Tuesday, October 4, 2022.”

It would be recalled that the Assembly on September 13, 2022 suspended the former Deputy Speaker, Dare Kadiri and Solomon Osho in line with the provisions of sections 14 and 15 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, 2017.

In another development, the Assembly has played host to a delegation from the LoveWorld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy, with an admonition to other interdenominational bodies to emulate the Church’s humanitarian efforts towards promoting consciousness of national values and respect for the unity in diversity of the nation.

Oluomo in company of other lawmakers commended the Church for preaching love and loyalty in all parts of the country, saying there was a need for continued prayer for the nation to overcome its challenges.

Earlier in his presentation, the Pastor in Charge of Abeokuta District, Tuoyo Temisan said the nation was still in the growing phase of democracy that required continuous prayers, especially for its leaders in the three arms of government.

Also, the lawmakers received in audience the State Chapter of the Association of Mobile Money and Bank Agents in Nigeria led by its State Chairman, Shuaib Abdulsamad, with a charge to engage the National Assembly on the regulations of Point of Sale operation, to curb emerging crimes associated with it.

Speaker Oluomo noted that financial regulations which was under the exclusive legislative list needed the approval of the National Assembly for deliberation and amendment, hence the need to engage necessary stakeholders for the amendment of the Banks and other Financial Institutions Act 2020 to capture the peculiarities of the POS machine.

Speaking earlier, Abdulsamad solicited the support of the Assembly for the enactment of a bill to regulate and control the operations of AMMBAN in the state.