Damilola Soneye, an Ogun State House of Assembly member, has provided reasons for removing the embattled former speaker, Kunle Oluomo.
Soneye, an All Progressives Congress (APC) legislator representing Obafemi Owode State Constituency, stated that Oluomo was removed due to alleged gross misconduct.
He emphasised that the speaker’s office is expected to be first among equals but observed that Oluomo behaved as if his colleagues were lesser lawmakers until his removal.
Soneye outlined the reasons for Oluomo’s removal, citing gross misconduct related to high-handedness, lack of focus and transparency, arrogance, poor leadership style, financial misappropriation, and inciting members against one another.
“Oluomo was removed due to gross misconduct, which borders on high handedness, lack of focus and transparency, arrogance and poor leadership style, financial misappropriation and inciting members against one another,” he said.
18 lawmakers removed Oluomo during plenary in the 26-member Ogun State Assembly. It remains unclear if Oluomo’s supporters were present during the session.
The plenary, presided over by Deputy Speaker Bolanle Ajayi (APC-Yewa South), saw Oludaisi Elemide, a member representing Odeda Constituency, elected to replace Oluomo, representing Ifo 1 State Constituency.
Adegoke Adeyanju (APC-Yewa North 1) moved the motion for the speaker’s removal, which was seconded by Ademola Adeniran (APC-Sagamu11).
After being elected as the new speaker, Elemide assured citizens they should expect the best from him.
He emphasised the law-abiding nature of the legislators, stating that the change in leadership is aimed at supporting Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Elemide clarified that the governor had no involvement in the speaker’s removal.