The leadership crisis rocking the Ondo State House of Assembly Monday took another dimension as the embattled Speaker, Princess Jumoke Akindele and other five other principal officers resigned their positions.
Those affected by the gale of resignations apart from Akindele are the Deputy Speaker Mr Fatai Olotu, the Majority Leader, Mr Dayo Akinsoyinu, Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Vincent Obadiah, the Whip, Kemisola Adesanya and Assistant Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Kuti Toluwase
This development came as the factional Speaker, Mr Malachi Coker and his 12 supporting lawmakers sat at the plenary session of the Assembly.
The resignation of Akindele and principal officers was coming on the heels of reconciliation between the two warring factions of the Assembly.
The governor was said to have met with the two factions claiming the leadership position and asked them to resign so that new leadership devoid of faction would emerge.
The letter of resignation of the principal officers was according to sources officially received on Monday morning by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
In the letter of resignation, the affected officers said they resigned because the political reality in the state would not allow them to continue to hold their previous positions.
The letter read in part “we the undersigned hereby resign our positions as principal officers of this august Assembly. Our resignation has become imperative in the face of the new geopolitical configuration of the state so that peace which is the hallmark of any administration will continue to reign in the land.
“Moreover, we are desirous of moving the state forward for the benefit of our people.”
The other factional leadership of the House is expected to do same to pave the way for the election of new principal officers of the Assembly.
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