‘why NURTW mem­bers in­vaded Ondo As­sem­bly’

The Punch - - NEWS - PETER DADA

MEM­BERS of the Na­tional Union of Road Trans­port Work­ers in Ondo State in­vaded the state House of As­sem­bly on Fri­day to pre­vent al­leged planned by the law­maker from im­peach­ing the state gov­er­nor, Mr Ro­timi Ak­eredolu, it was learnt on Satur­day.

The NURTW mem­bers in the state, led by their Chair­man, Mr Ja­cob Adebo, on Fri­day in­vaded the As­sem­bly com­plex and beat up the law­mak­ers and the mem­ber of staff of the As­sem­bly.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred shortly af­ter the Speaker of the House, Bamidele Oloyeloo­gun, and his deputy, Iroju Ogun­deji, were im­peached by 18 out of 26 mem­bers of the House.

Af­ter the im­peach­ment, the they were im­me­di­ately re­placed by mr Olamide Ge­orge and Mr Abim­bola Fa­jolu as the speaker and the deputy, re­spec­tively. While Ge­orge rep­re­sents Akure North State Con­stituency, Fa­jolu rep­re­sents Ile Oluji/oke Igbo Con­stituency.

An of­fi­cer of the NURTW in the state, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he was not au­tho­rised to talk for the union, said the chair­man of the union had or­dered some of the mem­bers to carry out the op­er­a­tion, af­ter he got a call from a law­maker that the House wanted to im­peach the gov­er­nor .

He said, “We didn’t know what was go­ing on in the House ini­tially un­til when the chair­man called us that he got a call that some law­mak­ers were sit­ting to im­peach Gov­er­nor Ak­eredolu.

He said he was asked to send ‘his boys’ to chase out the law­mak­ers.

“So, the chair­man or­dered us to send every­body out of the House. He (chair­man) said we should not al­low the law­mak­ers to sit so that Ak­eredolu would not be im­peached. But it was later that we dis­cov­ered it was the speaker they im­peached.”

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