Ondo Speaker Under Fire For Denying Snake Invasion Of Assembly Complex

[FILE PHOTO] Ondo Assembly

Ondo State House of Assembly speaker, Bamidele Oloyelogun, is under fire for denying the snake invasion story and subsequent caving in of the complex’s ceiling during plenary.

A snake reportedly invaded the Yoruba plenary last week, while the ceiling fell barely 24 hours after, causing the house to adjourn sitting indefinitely.

However, the speaker, who blatantly refused to comment on the incident, distanced himself from the interview granted to journalists by his colleagues, accusing the media of misrepresenting facts.

Oloyelogun, who is under fire to resign, had denied the report before Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who visited the assembly complex and accused the lawmakers of plotting to blackmail his administration.

The House Committee Chairman on Information, Olugbenga Omole, had confirmed the two incidents to journalists on Thursday.

Reacting to the speaker’s denial, All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, said, “Immediately I listened to the speaker of the House of Assembly in the news bulletin of Channels Television, I spotted the stupidity in their story. It was ill-packaged.

Lawyer and public affairs advocate, Femi Emodamori, flayed the speaker for blaming the incident on the media and called for his impeachment.

The Governor who expressed dismay on how snake scared at the state parliament, inspected the facilities at the State House of Assembly.

He said his government would investigate what brought the snake into the law chamber while the lawmakers were in session.

Lawmakers had on Thursday scampered for safety when a snake dropped from the roof and landed on the hallow chamber during the plenary.

It led to hasty suspension of proceedings as directed by the speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun.

Akeredolu however blamed the lawmakers, alleging blackmail in the such a circumstance.

He said his inspection of facilities at the premises of the House did not suggest that snakes could penetrate into the chamber.

The Governor alleged that members of the House of Assembly diverted the money earnmarked for maintainance of the facilities in the Assembly complex to other things.

Although he admitted that the facilities at the Assembly complex need renovation, the Governor said he could not believe that a live snake could jump from the roof into the chamber.

But, the Speaker, Oleyelogun said that the matter was painted more than the actual incidence in the social media.

According to him, the House had requested for fund for the total renovation of structures and facilities at the Assembly’s complex before the incident.

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