Cloud of Impunity In Sunshine State
Nigeria News takes a look at the Ondo State House of Assembly where the speaker and his deputy were removed by less than two third of the lawmakers and consequently molested by members of the NURTW.
The invasion of the Ondo State House of Assembly by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers on Friday is a height of impunity.
The dignified thugs who paraded themselves as NURTW members attacked the lawmakers and ensured that two of the legislators landed in hospitals.
The lawmakers were assaulted, battered and thrown out of the house, shortly after a faction of the lawmakers had impeached their speakers, Bamidele Oloyeloogun and his deputy Iroju Ogundeji.
According to the findings, the NURTW members were hired to solidarize with the new speaker and his deputy.
And in doing the assignment, they were asked to bar the impeached speaker, his deputy and their supporters from the plenary for the meantime.
At a news conference addressed by the molested lawmakers, it was gathered that two of them were in hospital receiving treatment.
The worse part of the story was that the NURTW thugs were allegedly led by the state Commissioner of Police. The state police command as expected had denied the allegation, adding that it had deployed its men to ensure the security of lives and property.
Also speaking at the conference, one of the female lawmakers appealed to the state governor to allow her and her colleagues to have their session at the House of Assembly and should not use police to torment them.
This appeal sounds so irritating. A member of an autonomous legislative arm of government begging the executive arm before she could perform her function.
The legislative arm of our state government is rubber stamped and its dependence on the executive has grown to a level that has not helped democracy, especially in the area of check and balance.
To remove a speaker of any house, including that of the National Assembly does not take the executive a long time to do.
It is done by greasing the palm of some disloyal members of the house with some dollars and the speaker is gone.
A notice of impeachment, the passage of the vote of no confidence and removal of a speaker can be done by the smallest number of the lawmakers in a jiffy.
This is not new, it happened during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime when some governors were impeached unconstitutionally.
So, impunity did not just begin, it was sown as seed by successive governments to remove those who were not loyal to them. This seed of discord has germinated and now become a monster.
The memory of how the former Oyo State Governor Rasheed Ladoja was impeached is still fresh and how his deputy, Christopher Alao Akala quickly usurped him.
When it was becoming clear that Ladoja would not leave the seat despite the illegal impeachment, the late political tyrant in Ibadan Oyo State, Lamidi Adedibu organized the most ferocious army of thugs to visit Agodi, the government seat.
Adedibu forced out Ladoja from Agodi, using members of the NURTW just as the Governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu was alleged to have been the brain behind the Ondo state recent impunity.
The speaker, Oloyeloogun may not deserve impeachment because he has not been alleged of an impeachable offence but he was removed because he had refused to obey the status quo. Rubber-stamped legislative arm.