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I’m Still Ondo Assembly Speaker – Jumoke Akindele says after Lawmakers Impeached her Over Alleged N15m Fraud

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Jumoke Akindele and Governor Olusegun Mimiko

The Ondo State House of Assembly, on Friday, sacked its first female Speaker, Jumoke Akindele over alleged N15m fraud.

The action which was carried out by 20 out of the 26 lawmakers in the state, comes barely a month to the end of the tenure of the Dr. Olusegun Mimiko administration in the state.

Fatai Olotu, the deputy speaker representing Akoko north, was also removed. The lawmakers also removed the majority leader of the House, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu.

According to Vanguard, the lawmakers said that the suspension of the three principal officers was sequel to the withdrawal of the sum of N15 million by the embattled speaker, Akindele.

The lawmakers said that they found a man with N15m cash in the Assembly Complex, and when they asked about the ownership of the money,  he reportedly said it was meant for Akindele.

The paymaster claimed he was asked to withdraw N15million in cash from the bank. The money stacked inside a ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag was meant to be delivered in Akindele’s home, according to him. But the paymaster brought the bag to the Assembly Complex.

The Paymaster and the Money

This prompted an instant rebellion with 20 out of the 26 members of the assembly moving to impeach the speaker at a short session.

15 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and five member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) combined to carry out the rebellion.

An Acting speaker, Malachi Coker, and  deputy speaker, Ayodele Arowele were  elected. Olamide George was elected as the majority leader.

However, PUNCH reports that Akindele, in a statement on Saturday by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Siji Akindiose, described the suspension as an exercise in futility.

Akindele claimed that the impeachment was carried out by less than the lawful 18 members of the House

“To orchestrate such illegality, they blatantly went against the known rules and convention of the House. Expecting it to stand shows clearly that some people are either power-drunk or they are incapable of understanding or appreciating the fine ethos of the rules of the House and the rule of law.

To even attempt to enforce their ill-advised will on the majority of the House in such a callous manner is a pointer to the kind of leadership style they plan to provide. In the course of his duty, a law-abiding senior public officer was manhandled and subjected to a dehumanising treatment,” she said.

She added that the N15m was meant for projects which were appropriated for and approved by the leadership of the House.

Akindele and Olotu were impeached in March last year over  “incompetence, highhandedness, drunkenness, easy virtues, lack of focus, lack of transparency, arrogance and poor leadership”.

They were later reinstated after Governor Mimiko settled the dispute.

5 Comments

  1. Toks

    January 29, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Shameless people …. How will the country move forward with continuous money laundering. Awon ole jati jati

  2. Yahoo

    January 29, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Too many hypocrites in this cold world of ours. I will forever respect women that established an empire by themselves (shout out to Coco Chanel, Linda Ikeji, Queen Amina, Anna Winnator………,……), shout to the ones that used men too (u call them aristos but nobody cares), woe to female commonwealth hoodwinkers, corrupt female government charlatans not officials, the female that use yansh to collect refineries and the other pigs ? of their likes. Y’all future destroyers, baby killers…….,,,,,,,SHIT!!!!

  3. tunmi

    January 30, 2017 at 3:19 am

    This is based off what one guy said. They should have waited till she accepted or received the funds or drove home with them

  4. Abimbola

    January 30, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Tunmi,did u just say d e y shld hv waited?waited for the money to b distributed to who and for what?if it was truly meant for projects as she claimed ,do dey now pay contractors etc in cash?dey shlda waited for her to drive home with d cash?she sent someone to the bank but d guy didnt follow instructions hence ,the “opening of fowl yansh”
    In law, the mere intention to commit a crime is more than enough and in her case,we can see a clear case of an intention to misappropriate funds .Hopefully she wld remain impeached ,ANTY OLE RADA RADA,ONIJEKUJE,OLE ALAI’NITIJU.

    • tunmi

      January 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      They didn’t catch her red-handed. There is no proof. If they had proof, this write up should have contained said proof. I didn’t say they should wait until the money is distributed. I said wait until she has the money in her possession,until she collected it from the guy.

      Right now all they have is hearsay and maybe circumstantial evidence. A good lawyer can provide another scenario and present it as though she is being witch-hunted.

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