By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
More facts have emerged as to the reasons why Hon. Olagoke Akinajo was sacked as Chairman, House Committee on Public Works and Transport by the Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, during Tuesday’s plenary.
A source in the state assembly said Hon Akinajo ran into trouble waters with the Speaker when he was fingered among those behind the purported fake story of Speaker Ogundoyin’s impeachment.
The source noted that the revelation about Akinajo’s involvement in the fake impeachment story saga enraged the Speaker following his personal findings.
Ogundoyin became furious so much that Hon Akinajo and others fingered in the impeachment story have since been placed under watch as disloyal members by the Speaker, the source added.
According to the source, the stroke that broke the camel’s back was when Hon. Akinajo allegedly started embarking on findings on details of amounts expended on renovation of both Speaker and Deputy Speaker’s quarters which was said to be in the region of N20million and N15million respectively.
This, according to the source, got the Speaker angry as it was perceived as a secret investigation of the House leadership.
The source noted that such details should have been required by Hon. Akinajo in the spirit of togetherness on grounds of cordial relationship that exists between the Speaker and other lawmakers, and he (Hon Akinajo) ought to carry the Speaker along to dispel all possible doubts or ulterior motives against the backdrop of allegedly trying to investigate the leadership of the House.
According to the source, these were the major events that berthed the impression of mistrust and disloyalty on the part of Hon. Akinajo which led to his eventual sack as chairman, House Committee on Public Works and Transport during its Tuesday plenary.
Akinajo was immediately replaced by Hon Kehinde Taofeek Olatunde popularly called deacon, representing Akinyele Constituency II.
Meanwhile, sources said some of the principal officers of the House have distanced themselves from the Speaker’s decision, sacking Hon, Akinajo, describing the decision as a unilateral one. They claimed the Speaker did not discuss anything of sort with them prior to the plenary.
However, another source in the Assembly said even though the Speaker’s decision was described by some lawmakers as unilateral, the Speaker has the power of appoint and remove committee chairmen if and when he deems necessary.
As at the time of filing this report, all attempts to reach Hon. Akinajo for his reaction to the sack proved abortive as he could not be reached on his mobile phone.