Ondo Lawmakers Vow To Protect Integrity, Hold Session At Speaker’s Lodge



Sequel to the mild face-off between members of the Ondo State House of Assembly and the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, over the alleged snake invasion of the House, the lawmakers on Wednesday vowed to protect their integrity and stand by their actions as an independent arm of government.

This was the position of the lawmakers made known to newsmen as contained in an eight-point communiqué, at the end of their parliamentary meeting, which was held at the Speaker’s Lodge in Akure, the state capital.
The lawmakers had their first sitting after they claimed that a snake fell from the ceiling of the hallowed chamber, disrupting their proceedings.

However, the lawmakers chickened out when the state governor stormed the hallowed chamber at night and accused the legislators of attempt to blackmail the state government.

But the lawmakers on Wednesday maintained that a snake actually invaded the hallowed chamber.
Moreover, they condemned deplorable condition of the Assembly complex, which they described as the worst in the country owing to failure to carry out any repair for about a decade.

They said the Assembly complex is an eyesore and anyone who visits it would testify to this.
Nevertheless, the lawmakers may not hold their parliamentary sessions at the House until it is renovated.

It would be recalled that Governor Akeredolu visited the hallowed chamber of the House following the alleged snake invasion, but the governor’s action has been condemned by the opposition, describing it as sheer intimidation of the lawmakers.

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