By Abiodun OBA
The speaker of Ogun House of Assembly, Honourable Olakunle Oluomo representing Ifo constituency 1, has been impeached over what members called “gross misconduct”.
Lawmakers of the House on Tuesday impeached the speaker by 18 out of 21 members of the assembly during a plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mrs Bolanle Ajayi (APC-Yewa South).
Consequently, the Assembly elected Mr Oludaisi Elemide (APC-Odeda) as the new speaker.
Mr Adegoke Adeyanju (APC-Yewa North 1), moved the motion for the speaker’s impeachment while it was seconded by Mr Ademola Adeniran (APC-Sagamu11).
Adeyanju came into the assembly chamber with the Maze in the company of other lawmakers where they elected one of their own as the new Speaker of the assembly Oludaisi Elemide.
Speaking to newsmen after being elected as the new speaker, Elemide explained that the people of the state should expect the best from him.
“We are law-abiding legislators, We want the world to know that there has been change in leadership.
“18 members signed for me to be the speaker. People should remain calm. We are in custody of all the authority of the house. We are saying that the new leadership will support the governor.
“The governor does not know anything about this impeachment,” he said.
Also speaking after the impeachment, Mr Damilola Soneye of APC representing Obafemi Owode, noted that the office of the speaker is to be first among equals.
“The speaker was impeached due to gross misconduct which bothers on high handedness, lack of focus and transparency, arrogance and poor leadership style, financial misappropriation and inciting members against themselves,” he said.
The Clerk and the Deputy Clerk, Mr Deji Adeyemo and Mrs Funmilayo Adeyemi were also at the plenary.
The presence of security personnel including the police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps was observed at the assembly complex on Tuesday.