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Ex-deputy governor to Mimiko: ‘Recognise Coker as Assembly speaker’

By Samuel Faleye, Akure

A former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi has cautioned outgoing governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko against interfering in the affairs of the crisis ridden state House of Assembly.

Olanusi spoke with reporters, shortly after he was honoured as the grand patron of Road Transport Employers of Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) at is residence in Akure, the state capital.

Since two weeks ago, lawmakers in the State Assembly have divided into two factions following the impeachment of Hon. Jumoke Akindele by Hon. Malachi Coker’s faction over alleged N15million fraud.

The septuagenarian, who was impeached by the same lawmakers in 2015 after defecting from the PDP to APC asked Mimiko to recognise Coker’s faction.

He urged the governor to emulate what President Muhammadu Buhari did when Bukola Saraki and Dogora were elected by the senators and lawmakers as their Senate President and speaker despite the stand of APC.

Olanusi said the governor should remember that Coker is a still a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and since PDP still has majority which is about 21 members out of 26, the lawmaker has not committed any offence.

“Nothing concern Mimiko with change of principal officers at the Assembly. Though, I don’t blame him, the incumbent governor has been Commissioner, SSG and minister ?without being elected as a lawmaker. So, he did not how house operate wheather at the state and national level.

“Nothing concern him about principal officers of the house. It is the responsibility of the members to pick one of them as their speaker”. Olanusi stressed.

The former deputy governor wondered why the governor refused not to present the budget despite the lawmakers were at the house on Wednesday formed corum.

Olanusi recalled that there was a time when the same governor presented a budget to less than 10 lawmakers at the Assembly and urged the people to ask Mimiko why he failed to present his budget.

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