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Monday, 20 March 2017

Ondo state Assembly speaker resigns, acting Speaker appointed

The Ondo State House of Assembly has appointed Mr. Malachi Coker as its acting speaker following the resignation of the Speaker, Jumoke Akindele on Monday in Akure, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Akindele, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state stepped down along with five other principal officers of the house.

Jumoke Akindele
She resigned following a meeting brokered by the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu at the weekend to bring an end to the crisis in the house between the two warring factions.



The Governor officially received the letter of resignation which was signed by the former Speaker Akindele and five others which include, the Deputy Speaker, Hon Fatai Olotu, Majority leader, Hon Ifedayo Akinsoyinu, Deputy Majority leader,  Vincent Obadiah, Kemisola Adesanya, the Whip and Towase Kuti, the Assistant parliamentary Secretary.

The lawmakers said they resigned their positions to restore peace to the house.

The officers stated in the letter that, “We the undersigned hereby resign our position as principal officers of this August House.

“Our resignation has become imperative due to the fact of the new geopolitical configuration of the state, so that peace which is the hallmark of any administration will continue to reign in the land.

“Moreover, we are desirous of moving the state forward for the benefit of our people”

The governor also reached an agreement with the other faction, led by Hon. Malachi Coker to dissolve its own leadership to ensure peace.

The legislators also appointed Arowele Samuel from Owo l Constituency, as the Deputy Speaker, while Olamide George, representing Akure North Constituency as the Majority Leader and Mukaila Musa as the Minority Leader.

The officers are to be in office pending when election is held for the positions.


Both factions are expected to meet in order to constitute and elect a new leadership by next week.



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