N15m Fraud Scandal: Ondo Assembly Suspends Impeached Speaker

Mrs. Jumoke Akindele, who, last week, was impeached as Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, has been suspended by the House indefinitely.

Mrs. Akindele, who represents Okitipupa Constituency, was suspended along with her Deputy Speaker, Mr. Fatai Olotu and Majority Leader, Mr. Ifedayo Akinsoyinu,  at about 5 pm on Friday.

Sources told SaharaReporters that 12 House members sat and announced the suspension.

One of the members, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, explained that eight members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the five members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) signed the letter suspending Mrs. Akindele, the former Deputy Speaker and former Majority Leader.

The source confirmed to our correspondent that Mrs. Akindele was accused of attempting to steal N15million belonging to the House.

Paymaster ferrying cash worth N15m to Mrs. Akindele’s residence “The discussion during the sitting was that the paymaster of the Assembly was caught by some members with the sum of N15million at Assembly Complex.

“When confronted, the paymaster said Mrs. Akindele asked him to bring the money to her private residence. None of the other members was aware that the money was withdrawn from the account of the House. This made members suspend Mrs. Akindele and two principal officers,” the source said. Paymaster ferrying stash of cash allegedly stolen by Mrs. Akindele

The House has since announced Mr. Malachi Coker of Ilaje Constituency as the acting Speaker pending its investigation into the alleged fraud.

“After the announcement of Coker, lawmakers quickly adjourned the sitting of the House,” a source added.

The House also announced and inaugurated Mr. Ayodeji Arowele (Owo Constituency) as Deputy Speaker, and Mr. Olamide George (Akure North Constituency) as Majority Leader.

As at the time of filling this report, the Police have stationed an armoured vehicle at the Assembly Complex entrance.

The South Korean parliament has voted to impeach their president

South Korean president Park Geun-hye is fighting for her political life after MPs voted to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that has made her the country’s most unpopular leader since it became a democracy in the late 1980s.


Friday’s vote in favour of impeachment is also being seen as a reflection of public anger over how South Korea, despite decades of economic development and freedoms that contrast dramatically with its neighbour North Korea, remains in the grip of a corrupt political and industrial elite.

By the time the votes were tallied, enough members of Park’s own Saenuri party had voted against her to bring about her impeachment – a measure of the damage inflicted on her reputation since the scandal surfaced less than two months ago.

The National assembly speaker, Chung Sye-kyun, said the bill had passed by a vote of 234 to 56, with nine invalid votes and abstentions. The bill needed the support of 200 of the assembly’s 300 members to pass.

As politicians brought Park’s presidency to the brink of destruction, protesters gathered in front of the national assembly in Seoul calling for her to resign. Inside the chamber, opposition MPs sat on the floor, raised their fists and chanted “Impeach!”

Park is expected to wait for the country’s constitutional court to decide whether Friday’s impeachment vote is valid – a process that could take up to six months. The success of the impeachment bill – on which MPs voted anonymously – means Park will be stripped of her power. Her duties will be temporarily transferred to the prime minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn, while the court reviews whether her impeachment is constitutionally sound.

If six of the court’s nine justices support the impeachment, Park will be removed from office and a new presidential election held within 60 days.

The crisis, sparked in late October by Park’s relationship with Choi Soon-sil, an old friend, is by far the most serious of her presidency, which was supposed to run until early 2018.

Revelations that Park abused her position to help Choi secure tens of millions of dollars in funding for her foundations from major South Korean companies, and even allowed her to influence policy, have provoked a wave of anger across the country, sending the president’s approval rating to a record low of 4%.

Choi faces embezzlement charges. Park, who has been named as a formal suspect, has denied seeking any personal gain.

The revelations have led to massive protests in recent weeks, with organisers claiming that as many as 1.5 million people turned out in the capital, Seoul, last weekend to demand that Park step down.

Why We Want To Impeach Gov. Yari- Zamfara Assembly

The Zamfara House of Assembly on Wednesday listed six impeachable offences committed by Gov. Abdulaziz Yari, citing them as reasons lawmakers are pushing for his impeachment.

A statement issued in Gusau by the Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Information, Mannir Gidan-Jaja, accused the governor of misappropriating billions of naira from the state coffers.

It listed the money allegedly misappropriated to include N11 billion bailout fund, N1 billion agricultural loan released to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and “corrupt abuse of local government funds”.

The assembly also accused the governor of failing to remit funds deducted for pensions and gratuities to pension fund administrators as provided by law.

According to the statement, the governor had also ignored a resolution of the assembly not to appoint Murtala Jangebe as Chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board.

It said that the assembly had passed a vote of no confidence in Jangebe, after he was allegedly found to have misappropriated over N1 billion belonging to the board in 2014.

The statement accused the governor of frequent foreign trips which have had negative impact on the day-to-day running of government, apart from imposing financial burden on the state.

The lawmakers condemned the arrest of the Speaker, his Deputy, Majority Whip and supporting staff of the assembly by the Department of States Security Services.

The lawmakers described the arrest as a clear interference in the functions of the legislature as enshrined in the Constitution.

The statement urged President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the SSS against further interference in the matter.

“We are also demanding the unconditional release of our principal officers who are currently under detention with the DSS in Abuja.”

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No Plan To Impeach Gov. Bello – Kogi PDP Lawmakers

The members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi State House of Assembly said they had no agenda to impeach the Governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.


The Majority Leader of the House, Mr Matthew Kolawole, said this during interview with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
Kolawole said the concern of the members was to resolve the leadership crisis rocking the state assembly.


“The state governor is just like new born baby without sin. For what reason will anybody want to kill the baby.

“To me, the governor has not done anything wrong to us and none of us here is talking about impeachment of the governor at all”, he said.


Kolawole said it was baseless to say Mr James Faleke, the running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu in the Nov. 21 was sponsoring the crisis rocking the House.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that Audu, who contested the election on the platform of APC, died on Nov.22 before the result of the election was announced.


“If anybody is saying that Faleke is sponsoring us, he is misleading the public. Faleke is not part of this struggle.

“The struggle we have today is that we want to stabilise Kogi State House of Assembly as an independent arm of government”, he said.


On outcome of members’ meeting with the National Chairman of PDP, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, he said they agreed with the party’s directive that the status quo should remain.


“We have passed another vote of confidence on the leadership of the House under Speaker Momoh Jimoh-Lawal and all of us have signed.”


He added that Mr John Aba, one of the five members who had the intention to impeach Jimoh-Lawal was also present at the meeting.


He, however, said that Aba was yet to sign the resolution of the meeting adding that he stepped out after the meeting.


“So far so good, eleven of us here have signed. We are waiting for him to come back because the party has directed that we sign and he agreed.”


The majority leader said that maintaining status quo under the leadership of Jimoh-Lawal was temporary in order to resolve the crisis on ground.


He was optimistic that the House could not be rubber-stamped for allowing the Speaker and governor to come from the same zone of the state pending the time a new speaker would be elected.
According to Kolawole, even if Jimoh-Lawal resigns, the onus lies on the House to unanimously agree on the new speaker that will pilot the affairs of the House.



PDP Urges NASS To Impeach Buhari Over Missing Budget Saga

The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday asked the National Assembly to commence impeachment process of President Muhammedu Buhari for allegedly breaching the constitutional by submitting two version of the 2006 budget.

The party said the National Assembly should thoroughly investigate the shameful act, including the distortion and bandying of figures to accommodate their personal interest and ensure that appropriate sanctions is meted to whoever has a hand in the dubious action that has brought embarrassment to the legislative body.

According to a statement by the acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, the opposition party arrived at this decision after rising from an meeting on Thursday.

The party also asked the Ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning to resign “having failed to provide the much needed capacity in the management of the nation’s economy resulting in the embarrassing crashing of the nation’s currency to as low as N305 to a dollar.”

Also the party asked the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria CBN to resign for “plunging the country’s currency policy into chaos an action that has thrown investors into total confusion.”

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Group Warns Osun Assembly Not To Impeach Aregbesola

A group under the aegis of Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation has warned the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam against impeaching Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

A Judge in the state had earlier called for his resignation over his inability to pay workers’ salaries.

The Speaker of the House also confirmed on Wednesday that the Assembly had received a petition from Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, calling for the impeachment of Aregbesola on the grounds of alleged financial recklessness.

In a letter dated June 24, 2015 and signed by the AGF coordinator in Osun State, Adeboye Adebayo, the group, which acknowledged that Oloyede’s views should be respected, however, urged the Assembly to disregard the petition because “Aregbesola has made meaningful achievements.”

The letter read in part, “Mr. Speaker, you know that before now, workers’ salaries, pensions and other emoluments were being paid as and when due, including car loans and 13th month salaries.

“Things began to go the other way when financial meltdown hit the country through the mismanagement of the national economy by the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government and it is worthy of note that it was Aregbesola that first raised the alarm about the impending financial crisis.

“Benue, Bayelsa, Rivers, and Delta states also owe workers. So, it is not Osun State that is battling with this alone…”

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Tension In Ekiti As APC Lawmakers Move To Resume, Impeach Fayose

A fresh crisis is brewing between Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, and the 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers, following fears that the lawmakers may forcefully regain entrance into the State House of Assembly and commence legislative business on Monday.

The lawmakers, emboldened by the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as President, threatened to resume sitting, prompting panic within government circles in the state.

People close to the two camps told PREMIUM TIMES the lawmakers planned to gain access to the house on Monday, and then make the impeachment of the governor their main business of the day.

Although security agencies had since sealed the Assembly complex, residents say trucks-full of security operatives were were Monday drafted around the building, with some mounting checks at strategic places in the tension-soaked state capital.

There are also reports that supporters of Governor Fayose have blocked some major entry point to the state – including the Iitawure-Efon-Ado Road – to stop the APC lawmakers and their supporters from gaining access to the state capital.

There were also claims that some thugs, believed to have sympathy for Mr. Fayose, invaded the residence of Senator Babafemi Ojudu (APC- Ekiti Central), Sunday night, threatening to burn the place down.

A resident who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES the movement of security personnel around the city portends danger to the fragile peace within the city.

Governor Fayose had earlier promised to pay all the entitlements of the lawmakers up to date, debunking claims by the lawmakers that they were still being owed by the administration.

The Chief Press Secretary to Fayose, Idowu Adelusi, told PREMIUM TIMES Monday that the security men deployed around the Assembly complex were drafted to enforce a court order barring the APC lawmakers from carrying out any impeachment.

“There is a subsisting court order which says status quo should be maintained and that court order has not been vacated,” Mr. Adelusi said.
“It is the duty of security operatives to ensure law and order and that is what they are doing. ”

Although the lawmakers were yet to make good their threat at the time of filing this report, Mr. Adelusi said “the people” were prepared to protect the government they enthroned.

“We hear that they are coming to impeach the governor, but the people that voted him into office say they are waiting for then, ” he said.

The spokesperson of the Ekiti state Police Command could not be reached for comments at this time.


Plot To Impeach Bayelsa Governor Thickens

There are indications that the lawmakers in Bayelsa State House of Assembly are bent on impeaching the state governor, Seriake Dickson.

It was learnt that the First Lady, Patience Jonathan had finalised plans to move against the Governor through impeachment process.

The First Lady’s loyalists were said to be capitalising on using thugs to cause mayhem in the state as well as using some aggrieved members of the state House of Assembly that were allegedly denied return tickets to the House to impeach Dickson.

But a socio-cultural organisation, Niger Delta Solidarity Forum, has accused the First Lady and her godson and presidential aide, Waripomowei Dudufa, of planning to destabilise the peace and the prevailing stable political atmosphere existing in the state using about 1 000 political thugs.

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15 Katsina Lawmakers Move To Impeach Gov. Shema

Twenty-three days to the handover date of May 29, Gov. Ibrahim Shema of Katsina is now in a battle of wits as the state lawmakers have vowed to impeach him before the expiry of his tenure.

Fifteen members of Katsina State House of Assembly have threatened to commence impeachment proceedings against him

The lawmakers vowed to serve the governor an impeachment notice by next Monday when they resume sitting over his poor handling of state’s finances among other impeachable offences.

Spokesman of the 15 members, Danlami Kurfi accused Shema of spending public funds without recourse to laid-down procedures.

He noted that some of the legislators, comprising mostly those that defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some others aggrieved within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had met and were set to serve the governor an impeachment notice.

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APC Accuses PDP Of Plots To Impeach Aregbesola

Osun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party is plotting to rig during Saturday’s House of Assembly election.

APC’s Director of Publicity, Kunle Oyatomi, said in a statement on Friday that the PDP was “violently mobilizing to snatch victory in 16 of the 26 House of Assembly seats, in a desperate bid to put the PDP in the comfortable position to eventually impeach the governor.”

Meanwhile, the 26 lawmakers in the Osun State House of Assembly are all members of the APC. The APC has, however, vowed it would resist plans by the PDP to rig in the election.

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Adamawa Lawmakers Move to Impeach Fintiri

There was unease at the Adamawa state House of Assembly complex, Yola, during Monday’s plenary as the speaker, Ahmadu Fintiri, scuttled an attempt by a group of lawmakers to impeach him.

Mr. Fintiri, who had spearheaded the impeachment of the former state Governor, Murtala Nyako, has been at daggers-drawn with the state governor, James Ngilari, and some lawmakers who see him as a traitor that failed to secure return tickets for them during the controversial primaries in Abuja.

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Group calls for Jonathan to be Impeached

Reports say that the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential runner and current president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been called to be impeached by Sahara Reporters.

Sahara Reporters has called for the prosecution of the current president as they argue that he lacks strong leadership and has a lack of concern.

They went on to say that, president Jonathan together with the ruling party have failed to protect the country as he was supposed to from the beginning of his term. They accused the president of lacking strategy to eliminate insurgents.

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