Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s moves to restore peace to the Ondo State House of Assembly may have failed.
The rampaging 18 members of the House who last week impeached their Speaker, Hon. Bamidele Oloyelogun, and his deputy, Hon. Iroju Ogundeji, were brought face to face with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu last Sunday but the two camps failed to agree on the terms of the resolution of the crisis.
WESTERN POST sources said Osinbajo had invited and met with the lawmakers in Abuja as well as Governor Akeredolu and urged the lawmakers to maintain the peace.
But the lawmakers insisted it was their right to change its leadership and that the Speaker Oloyelogun stand impeached.
Governor Akeredolu, while not querying the right of the legislators to determine who their leaders should be, feared the move was targeted at him.
He said Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi should be involved in the peace process. Based on that, the lawmakers have agreed to move to Ekiti from Abuja for a meeting with the governor. The meeting, WESTERN POST learnt, may hold tomorrow in Ado-Ekiti.
Governor Fayemi himself was said to have agreed that the Speaker stands impeached but wanted an assurance that the lawmakers were not moving ultimately to remove Governor Akeredolu.
It was learnt that the House members are not talking about Akeredolu’s impechment. It has also been established that the two lawmakers who denied signing the impeachment documents made their denial for fear that they might be denied return ticket to the House.
The Speaker’s impeachment documents, gleaned by WESTERN POST, showed they adtually signed. The rampaging lawmakers comprise seven PDP and 11 APC members.
But both the APC and PDP lawmakers are, however, said to be committed to working for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.