Ondo Assembly Speaker, Akindele Resigns

Suspended Ondo Speaker Jumoke Akindele Forced To Resign After Akeredolu's Intervention

Embattled Ondo Assembly speaker, Jumoke Akindele, resigns

Jumoke Akindele, the embattled former Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, has been forced to resign from her position, SaharaReporters has learned.

The deputy speaker, Fatai Olotu; the Majority Leader, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu; Deputy Majority Leader, Obadiah Vincent; Whip, Adesanya Kemisola, and Parliamentary Secretary, Towase Kuti, also resigned their portfolios.

But surprisingly, the speaker, Akindele and others threw in the towel via a letter dated yesterday and addressed to the state governor.

"Our resignation has become imperative in the face 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".

"As more of the opportunities come, we urge our people to understand that this state needs help and that as patriots, their sacrifice and service to common good remain the only goal of their involvement in government".

"We thank the members of management and staff of the assembly for the opportunity given to us to serve".

The Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has called on the state Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, to stop interfering in the affairs of the local government councils in the state.

Fadaka asserted that the crisis that would arise from the dissolution of the 18 council chairmen, who were elected into office a year ago under the PDP, would only distract the governor from performing his duties.

The other factional leadership of the House is expected to do same to pave the way for the election of new principal officers of the Assembly.

It would be recalled that about 13 lawmakers had in January impeached Akindele, alongside other principal officers, following allegations of fraud leveled against them.

But, Akindele kicked against her impeachment, saying Coker's faction failed to follow normal procedure in her removal process.

Monday's resignation is believed to be part of the agreement reached with Mr. Akeredolu to end the crisis.

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