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Deputy speaker’s impeachment: A kangaroo process – Hon. Sylvester


…Says posterity will judge the 9th Assembly

A member of the Ogun State House of Assembly on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Hon Sylvester Abiodun has described the process of impeachment of the Deputy speaker, Hon Dare Kadiri has kangaroo process.

The lawmaker who expressed his anger said it will go on record what the 9th Assembly has just done today saying that prosperity will never forgive them.

It would be recalled that the Kadiri’s removal followed the presentation of the report of the Ad-Hoc Committee on the ‘Petition for Removal of the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Dare Kadiri, Oluwatimileyin from Office for Gross Misconduct’ by the Committee Chairman and Majority Leader, Hon. Yusuf Sheriff, shortly after which a member representing Ijebu-North East, Hon. Abayomi Fasuwa thereafter moved the motion for its adoption, seconded by his Ijebu-Ode counterpart, Hon. Kemi Oduwole and supported by nineteen other lawmakers at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Addressing journalists at his office in Abeokuta, Sylvester who is the only opposition in the house, hinted that they are one family in the house but what just happened today, they are no more one.

The lawmaker representing Ijebu North 1, also explained, that nobody is saying the Deputy speaker should not go, but the process should be follow.

According to him “My take is simple and straight forward, I believe we are one here and what it just happened here now I believe we are no more one.”

“The reason being that, this is a report that ad hoc committee to investigate the Deputy speaker who has just been removed from office now and it’s what I can tag as kangaroo process.”

“Kangaroo process in the sense that the Ogun State Assembly have standing orders and it’s very very glaring, anybody can be removed, we believe to heir is human to forgive is divine.”

“Committee has been set up and we have procedure of removing him.”

On getting to the floor now, it was glaring that we need two third of the majority who are 26 as at that then we needed 18 and we are just 21 then. Of the confidence that I have every assurance that there won’t be 18 members to vote him out, that was the expectation but unfortunately when the report was given, I tried to raise objection, my attempts was counted out, I made about three, four attempts, because what happened today has never happened since I assume office as honourable member, we use to have executives meeting before we proceeding to plenary.”

“I am a minority, I have my say, they have there way but I believe that we have God and everybody have conscience.”

What the standing order says is that ” if the motion is supported by two thirds of majority of all members the affected officer stands removed, nobody against that, how do they get the two third?, it should be by votes and it go further to say that for the purpose of determining two thirds voice vote shall “NOT” be used. They just submitted some names whereas some members in the list said they “Never Signed” the list.

Nobody is saying the Deputy speaker should not go, but the process should be follow, Hon Sylvester concluded.

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