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Ogun Speaker Steps Down Motion Suspending Oluomo

The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Oludaisi Elemide, on Tuesday, stepped down a motion moved by a member representing Abeokuta North State Constituency, Babatunde Tella, and co-sponsored by five other lawmakers suspending the former Speaker Olakunle Oluomo for fourteen legislative days.

Ruling on the motion after it was debated by all the other co-sponsors, the speaker Oludaisi Elemide pleaded with his colleague-lawmakers to consider the State and the efforts of the Dapo Abiodun led administration in conjunction with the legislature in turning around the state for the better.

He noted that such efforts could only yield the desired results for the advancement of the state when there is peace and tranquility in all spheres of governance, hence the need to suspend action on the matter.

The Speaker explained that although Oluomo had violated the regulations of the House, the present leadership would be magnanimous in always upholding the sanity of the institution being the symbol of democracy.

Earlier Tella who is also the Assembly’s Deputy Chief Whip had opened the debate on the motion, stating that, ” this Honourable House note with serious concern and dismay the unwholesome attitude of Rt. Hon Olakunle Oluomo, which is detrimental to the physical, mental, and moral well-being of this Honourable House, and how this attitude is putting the image of this House in bad light and disrepute.

“A further note is the fact that by taking this House to the court of law, he had shown a clear manifestation of an unfriendly disposition and disregard to the laws and statutes guiding the operations of this House.”

Also of note is the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act of 2018, Section 21 on Pre-action notice which states: “A person who has cause of action against a legislative house shall give a three months written notice to the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative House disclosing the cause of action and relief sought.

“However, consequent upon the fact that  Olakunle Oluomo has refused to follow due process before taking this House to the court of Law, he has contravened the laws guiding the operations of this House and deemed guilty as he cannot claim ignorance being a former Speaker of the same House.

“Consequently, having been deemed guilty of the above as there is no record of three months notice being sent to the Office of the Clerk, an action that contravened the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act 2018.

“I therefore in consonance with ORDER X RULE 71 (4) move that Rt Hon Olakunle Oluomo be suspended from the activity of this Honorable House for 14 legislative days,” the motion concluded.

Other lawmakers who spoke in support of the motion including the Minority Leader, Lukman Adeleye; Adegoke Adeyanju, Oluseun Adesanya, and Waliu Owode explained that the former Speaker’s activities violated the rules and regulations of the House.

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