Ondo State House of Assembly has resumed sitting after almost two months the police sealed off the assembly complex to enable the lawmakers resolve their internal crisis. Thirteen members from a faction attended today’s plenary while the other thirteen members loyal to the impeached speaker Jumoke Akindele boycotted the sitting.
Addressing the house, the Factional Speaker, Malachi Coker, the majority leader Olamide George and a member of the house Ironju Ogundeji reiterated that the three former principal officers of the house, former speaker Jumoke Akindele, the deputy speaker Olotu Fatai, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu majority leader, remain impeached and suspended indefinitely.
Briefing newsmen after the sitting, spokesman of the house, Ironju Ogundeji stressed that the assembly complex was opened for sitting following the intervention of the governor in reconciling the two factions.
He maintained that other members of the house who did not attend the first sitting are expected to resume during the week. He however denied knowledge of a resignation letter from former speaker Jumoke Akindele noting that the sacked principal officers will continue to serve their suspension until the house deems it fit to recall them.
Ondo state correspondent, Omorowa Jonah reports that the acting speaker, Malachi Coker, acting deputy speaker,Ayodeji Arowele and the majority leader, Olamide George were later confirmed to preside over the affairs of the house in the meantime.