‘We lied that snake fell off roof to get Akeredolu to renovate assembly complex’
The Ondo State House of Assembly has said they lied that a ‘live serpent’ fell off the roof during plenary in 2019 in order to get Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to renovate the assembly complex, as it was in a terrible state.
Recall that in July 2019, there was a reported case of a snake falling off the roof of the chamber of the Ondo State House of Assembly, during sitting, which created tension in the parliamentary building.
The development was said to have forced the members of the assembly to scamper to safety, and disrupted proceedings presided over by Bamidele Oleyelogun, the speaker.
But Olugbenga Omole, the chairman, House committee on information, youth, and sports, while speaking on a private radio programme, Fresh 102.9 Fm, in Akure, confessed that; “Some of us have issues with the governor (Akeredolu) and they have concluded their plans on how we would present the issue on the snake.
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“The state of the chamber was not good truly, but it was not good enough that we lied that snake came out during plenary.”
Omole said further that the “lies” were deliberately orchestrated by members of the House of Assembly.
Omole, who is representing Akoko South West Constituency I, explained that the lawmakers decided to fabricate the lies due to the terrible state of the complex.
“I was asked to talk about the snake and I said it the way I was asked to say it. These are some of the things they used against me that it was Omole that said they saw a snake in the chamber. What I said was on behalf of the whole assembly.
“The picture that went viral with the big snake, was I the one who produced the picture? It was the handwork of some of us,” the assembly spokesman said.
BusinessDay reports that the situation immediately prompted Governor Akeredolu to renovate the assembly complex which had been in poor condition for over 40 years.