Our Signatures Were Forged To Impeach Speaker, Deputy, Say Ondo Lawmakers
•Akeredolu sends appropriation bill to the nine-member assembly
Our Signatures Were Forged To Impeach Speaker, Deputy, Say Ondo Lawmakers – Two lawmakers in Ondo State House of Assembly, Sunday Olajide, and Olusola Oluyede have disclosed that their signatures were forged to facilitate the impeachment of the speaker and deputy speaker.
They revealed this yesterday at a plenary attended by nine of the 26 lawmakers, which was presided over by the embattled speaker, Bamidele Oloyelogun and his deputy, Ogundeji Iroju.
At the session that was protected by security operatives, the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, submitted the 2018 Appropriation Bill to the assembly for amendment. Eighteen lawmakers had allegedly signed the impeachment process last week amid the crisis. Following the purported removal, Olamide George, from Akure North, and Abimbola Fojolu, from Okeigbo/Ileoluji constituency, were elected speaker and deputy.
But Olajide, representing Akure South Constituency II and his counterpart, Oluyede from Ose Constituency, said they were not in the state when the purported impeachment was carried out.
Olajide, who is Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, said:
“I am not part of it and cannot be part of it.” He, however, explained that his name and signature on the notice list were the old ones used to impeach the deputy speaker some months ago, revealing that they were “doctored” to suit the new purpose.
Iroju said: “We are 26 honourable members and for any principal officer of the House to be impeached, the two-thirds must be complete to sign the impeachment paper before it could be carried out.
“So out of that 18 members that signed the impeachment paper, two of them have declared that their signatures were forged. That means, the two-third have not been fulfilled in that regards.”
He disclosed that the 2018 Appropriation Bill “has passed through the first and second reading at the plenary, and has been sent to the appropriate committee for scrutiny.
Meanwhile, the lawmakers who carried out the impeachment have insisted that it remains valid. George, alongside 15 other members, made the declaration to newsmen at a news conference at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, Iyaganku in Ibadan.
He denied reports that governors Rauf Aregbesola, Abiola Ajimobi and the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole sponsored them.
George urged President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue him and his colleagues from attempted attacks, stressing that the speaker and his deputy were impeached based on evidences of gross misconduct, financial recklessness, abuse of power and incompetence.
He said the impeachment was an in-house exercise, which has constitutional backing, adding that it was not targeted at anyone.