7th September, 2010
Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr. Tunji Egbetokun has described his purportedÂ removal yesterday as the best comedy of the year.
The unperturbed Speaker told newsmen that the act could only be compared to the display ofÂ â€˜Babasuweâ€™ and his likes on film set.
Describing the act as a big disgrace and the highest level of illegality, Egbetokun said theÂ action was to scuttle the oncoming live television debate between the House of Assembly andÂ the state government over the controversial N100 billion bond slated for tomorrow.
The Speaker described the G-9 lawmakersâ€™ action as a mere waste of time, as everybody knewÂ that what they put up yesterday in the chambers of the House was purely a â€˜Baba salaâ€™ act.
The minority members of the state House of Assembly had yesterday, announced the impeachmentÂ of Egbetokun, â€˜electingâ€™ Emmanuel Soyemi Coker from Odeda, as the new Speaker withÂ Ayo-Odugbesan Edwards as the Deputy Speaker.
Bankole Durotolu Oyebode was picked as Majority Leader, Musa Moruf, Chief Whip; AbiodunÂ Olusesi Moses, Deputy Majority Leader and Adeleke Salmon as Deputy Chief Whip.
The new â€˜officersâ€™ also went ahead to approve the controversial N100 billion bond which hadÂ been the bone of contention between the leadership of the House and the Gbenga Daniel-ledÂ government.
The Egbetokun-led G-15 who were announced to have been suspended indefinitely had beenÂ locked in a battle of wits with the state government since the change of guard in 2008 whenÂ the former Speaker, Mrs. Titi Oseni was removed.
While the state government had accused the G-15 lawmakers of being sponsored by external andÂ internal forces in the ruling PDP and other parties, the lawmakers had alleged beingÂ deprived of funds for the day-to-day running of the House.