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There is turbulence in the Ondo State House of Assembly following the endorsement of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa by the Speaker, Hon. Olamide Oladiji.

Some lawmakers, numbering 13 have passed a vote of no confidence on Oladiji for declaring support for the governor without due consultation with members of the house.

The members who signed a no-confidence letter on Tuesday are: Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, Majority Leader;  MoyinOlorun Ogunwumiju, Parliamentary Secretary; Oluwarotimi Fasonu, Chief Whip; Olajide  Oguntodu, Minority Leader; Raymond Daodu,
Deputy Minority Leader;  Akinsurojui Nelson,Akomolafe Temitope, Ifabiyi Olatunji, Agbulu Akeem, Christopher Ayebusiwa, Atinuke Witherspoon, Biola Oladapo, and Afe Felix.

At the official declaration by Mr Aiyedatiwa on Monday, the Speaker said that a total of 18 lawmakers in the Assembly were in support of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to emerge as the party’s candidate in the November governorship election.

Mr Oladiji said lawmakers elected on the platform of other political parties were also in support of Mr Aiyedatiwa.

 “Ondo Assembly has agreed to support Aiyedatiwa. Even those who are not in the APC are with us in this struggle and by the grace of God, we will arrive at the Promised Land,” Mr Oladiji had said.

“I appeal to our leaders to go back to their wards and do the needful. Let reconciliation continue so that we will deliver Lucky as the party’s candidate.”

The 13 lawmakers, in the letter titled “The Ondo State House of Assembly Speaker’s Disrespect for the Independence and Integrity of the House In His Endorsement Politics, said the house had not passed any resolution to endorse the incumbent governor as ‘purportedly announced” by Mr Oladiji.

“The House of Assembly operates on democratic principles, and would formally take a collective decision, follow due process and the relevant laws governing the State where it wishes to take any decision regarding the endorsement of a gubernatorial candidate,” the letter read in part.

“As Honourable members of the 10th Ondo State House of Assembly, we were shocked and disappointed to hear the public declaration made by the Honourable Speaker of the House, Rt Hon. Olamide Oladiji, to the extent that the Ondo State House of Assembly has agreed to support the governorship ambition of Governor Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa.

“The said declaration by Mr. Speaker is untrue, misleading, un-parliamentary, and, to say the least, ridiculous.
We therefore wish to inform the good people of Ondo State at home and in the diaspora that:

“At no point did the Ondo State House of Assembly deliberate the governorship ambition of any of the numerous aspirants that have indicated their interests to contest for the State’s 2024 Governorship Election, let alone agree to support any particular aspirant.

“Mr. Speaker lacks the moral and legal authorities to speak or pledge support for any governorship aspirant on behalf of the House without the explicit consent of members

“Mr. Speaker has, by his unconventional and false public declaration, misrepresented the honourable House, and in so doing, brought the 10th Ondo State House of Assembly into disrepute, needless controversies and breached our confidence in his leadership.

“Consequently, we hereby pass a vote of no-confidence in the leadership of the Speaker, Rt Hon Olamide Oladiji.”

The members said they were committed to upholding e the rule of law and ensuring that all decisions taken are transparent enough and are in the best interest of the people of Ondo State.

The Speaker is however yet to respond to the position of the lawmakers against his actions.

Contentions have heightened as several governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress rally supporters ahead of the primaries in April.

The formal declaration of interest by Mr Aiyedatiwa to contest the election has also added vigour to the conflict, reviving the rivalry between supporters and the loyalists of late governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

The party’s ticket is been zoned to the southern senatorial district and the number of aspirants are rising by the day making the contest a keen one.

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