6th September, 2010
Minority members of the Ogun State House of Assembly, under police cover provided by theÂ State Police Commissioner, Musa Daura, early today sacked the Speaker, Mr. Tunji Egbetokun.
The minority members called G-9, announced Mr. Yemi Coker of Odeda Local Council as hisÂ successor.
The action was carried out early this morning, even before the civil servants arrived forÂ work.
Hints about the reason for their action, which legal pundits may rule illegal andÂ unconstitutional, were contained in their proclamations after the sack ofÂ the Speaker.
The minority assembly members announced its approval of the controversial N100 billion bondÂ and the supplementary budget earlier sent to the recalcitrant majority house headed byÂ Egbetokun.
After these activities, the G-9 members disappeared. â€œWe have not seen them. They said theyÂ were coming to address us, they are yet to appear,â€ a journalist based in Abeokuta toldÂ P.M.NEWS this morning.
Also speaking with P.M.NEWS on the development this morning, a member of the G-15 of theÂ Ogun House of Assembly, Hon. Kunle Adegboyega, said the G-9 members broke the door to theÂ chamber of the House and sat for 30 minutes after which they declared that they had approvedÂ the bond and the supplementary budget.
He said the G-9 lawmakers took the hasty decision to scuttle the debate on the bondÂ scheduled to hold on Wednesday this week.
Adegboyega said the lawmakers used the mace of Abeokuta South Local Government Council toÂ carry out what he described as an illegal act, adding that the original mace is still withÂ the authentic Speaker, Tunji Egbetokun.
He said what the G-9 did would not stand because they did not form a quorum of 2/3 majority,Â as stipulated by the constitution to remove the speaker.