By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Many Ondo State political stakeholders are unaware of why members of the state House of Assembly suddenly went on recess. WESTERN POST, however, can reveal why today.
The recess had come on the heels of the discovery of a strange account where some N4.3billion was uncovered.
The discovery of the money and the way it was managed by Speaker Bamidele Oleyeloogun had irked Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, according to an assembly source who pleaded not to be mentioned.
Sources said discovery and the uproar it generated caught Governor Akeredolu unawares.
The governor, according to sources, was disappointed that such secret could leak out and made open by the state House of Assembly where he had entrusted so much in the hands of Speaker Oleyeloogun.
Stakeholders had started condemning Akeredolu’s government for keeping and spending such money mostly on social media without any appropriation.
Following the revelation, a 12-man House members was set up by “the power that be” in a bid to move against the Speaker, and punish him for his alleged infraction.
The speaker, however, made an emergency press statement a few days after where he said the Commissioner for Finance and Accountant-General had explained the rationale behind the said N4.3billion.
The House got divided with some that are loyal to the governor moving to impeach the Speaker for allowing the issue to be a talk of the town and immediately.
The 12 members later headed for Owo, the Governor’s hometown to agree on plans and modalities to be adopted in carrying out the act.
WESTERN POST gathered that the impeachment move may also be extended to Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi giving his rocky relationship with Governor Akeredolu.
The loyalists of the deputy had sent a signal to loyalists of the governor that both camps would dance naked in the market square if any move to embark on Ajayi’s removal is launched by the assembly.
The deputy governor has remained unshakable and untouchable in spite of all efforts to impeach him by his boss ever since the feud between the duo started late last year.
As it stands today, the assembly is divided to two equal parts owning to the fact that some members are die-hard loyalists of the deputy while others are with the governor which makes the House difficult to be overwhelmed by the governor.
Meanwhile, friends of the speaker in the house quickly borrowed him an idea to declare a recess so that, within the time-frame, everything would have been settled amicably.
What is still holding the party in the state is the Chairman of the party, Engr Adé Adetimehin, who has been working tirelessly to pacify all the members even if the feud between the governor and the deputy has festered.