It has been reported that the Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, on Wednesday stayed away from the State House of Assembly where he was scheduled to present his proposals for the 2017 budget of the state.
This, we believe, is the antecedent of the commotion in the house since the beginning of this week, over the alleged N15M fraud by the speaker of the house, Ms. Jumoke Akindele and the purported removal of the speaker along with other principal members of the house and appointment of new officers by the rebelling faction of the house.
The fracas led to the police having to seal up the complex but unsealed it for normal business in expectation of the budget presentation.
The rebelling faction was said to have arrived the complex in the early hours of Wednesday morning with a view to receiving the governor for the budget presentation. We learnt that the group had their breakfast and lunch in the chambers so as to ensure that they are not displaced by Ms. Akindele’s faction.
An improvised mace, (an eagle stand bearing the national flag) was also reported to have been used by the group to conduct its sitting session as they deliberated on certain issues. It was reported that Mr. Mimiko who was expected to make his presentation at noon, had not shown up as at 3 p.m., neither did Ms. Akindele.
It was also reported that sitting was adjourned to Thursday, after a Committee was set up to investigate the fraud allegations against Ms. Akindele. The Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, has said that discussions were ongoing between the two factions with hope of amicable resolutions the governor intends to make peace.
Written by Okolo Ezinne