22nd December, 2010
By Adebobola Alawode
Leader of the legislative arm of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, Mr. Kamorudeen Ogunbadejo, has been removed. He was impeached by five outÂ of the seven members of the legislative arm last week, paving the way for Mrs. Omotayo Ife, who led the plenary session on Monday.
The former leader was reportedly impeached due to his indefinite absence from office, subjecting the whole council to disarray.
Speaking with P.M.NEWS after yesterdayâ€™s plenary session which had five councillors in attendance, the new leader, Omotayo, said Ogunbadejo was sightedÂ last at the chambers on Monday, 8 November, when they were suppose to have a plenary session, stating that they could not sit because the Clerk of the HouseÂ was not around.
She added that since they waited endlessly for the leader, they later instructed the Deputy Leader, Mr. Onimole Babatunde Lateef, to get him on phone but theÂ former leader was said to have responded in Yoruba language thus: â€œMo wa ni Abuja. Se e ma ma so mi ni? Ko si nnka ti e le se fun mi,â€ meaning â€œIâ€™m in Abuja,Â are you people monitoring my movement? You canâ€™t do anything to me.â€
They revealed that after 14 days without plenary session because the Clerk insisted on forming a quorum even though they had formed single majority, theÂ legislators had to make the prevailing situation known to party leaders of the council area and Cardidal James Odunmbaku.
Continuing, they said after 40 days of absenteeism without notification of any kind or handing over to his deputy, Ogunbadejo was impeached.
Speaking after yesterdayâ€™s plenary session, the new leader advised the councilors to work for the development of the local government, stressing that theÂ task ahead of them is a collective one and that they must always bear in mind that their duty was one of sacrilege.
Meanwhile, the former leader has been asked to return all the documents in his possession to the council chambers in good time.