Ogun Assembly crisis deepens as Speaker suspends impeached deputy, one other

The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunke Oluomo, has announced the suspension of the Former Deputy, Dare Kadiri, who is representing Ijebu North II State Constituency, and Solomon Osho, representing Remo North Constituency.

The speaker announced the suspension of the duo during a plenary session on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The Speaker and Mr Kadiri have been at each other’s throats since the latter was suspended from the House.

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Kadiri had allegedly petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the alleged financial irregularities in the House.

The speaker is currently standing trial over alleged financial misappropriation running into over N2.5 billion public funds.

During the plenary section, the suspension followed the adoption of a resolution that the duo had breached the assembly’s power and privilege, during a plenary presided over by the Speaker.

According to the Speaker, “Order 6, Rule 19 (2) says that whereof a matter of privilege arises, it shall be taken into consideration immediately; in the note of that, I want to say that I received a resolution by appropriate number of members of this house raising issue of Privileges and it read thus”, Resolution 131/ OG/ 2022- suspension of some honourable members for the breach of the provision of the Legislative Houses (Power and Privileges) Act, 2017.

“Having been found to have severally and contentiously breached the Rights and Privileges of the Ogun State House of Assembly and its Leadership, through violation of the provisions of Section 17 of Legislative Houses (Power and Privileges) Act, 2017.

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“The following Honourable member, Hon. Oluwadamilare Kadiri (Ijebu North II State Constituency) and Solomon Osho (Remo North Constituency) are hereby suspended from the House and its activities forthwith until further notice in line with the provisions of Sections 14 and 15 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges ) Act, 2017.”

After his release by the court last week, in a statement, the Speaker described Mr Kadiri’s petition to the EFCC, as “hyperbolic.”

Kadiri responded by telling the speaker to leave him out of his travail instead, he should rather beg God for forgiveness.

Reacting to the development, Osho said he didn’t commit any offence and maintained that his suspension is unexplainable.

“I didn’t commit any offence, I don’t consider the suspension as anything tangible. No due process was followed, I was not given a fair hearing. The Speaker just came and announced that two honourable members are being suspended until further notice without reading out the charges or the offences committed.”

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