The Deputy Speaker of the Ondo state House of Assembly, Hon. Iroju Ogundeji has accused the governor of Ondo state, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly of hiring thugs to kill him and three other lawmakers due to their support for the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Agboola Ajayi.
The Deputy Speaker made the allegations when thugs suspected to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), on Monday barricaded the Ondo state House of Assembly to prevent the four lawmakers earlier granted reprieve by an Akure High Court from entering the Assembly premises.
The members of the House who are loyal to the Deputy Governor of Ondo state, Mr. Agboola Ajayi were suspended over their refusal to support moves to impeach the embattled Deputy Governor.
However, an Ondo state High Court sitting in Akure last week quashed the decision of the House and reinstated the lawmakers which included the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Iroju Ogundeji who also led his other colleagues in their attempt to regain entrance into the chambers of the Assembly.
However, with the presence of the thugs said to be acting on the instance of the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, the embattled lawmakers were unable to move into the Assembly complex.
Reacting to the situation, the Deputy Speaker accused the state governor and the Speaker of the House, Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun of sending the thugs to kill him and his three other colleagues to ensure that that they do not do their jobs as elected lawmakers of the House.
“Idajo and his members from the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, came to the House to kill us on the order of the Governor and the Speaker. They said we should not enter the House to perform our constitutional legislative duties.
“Right now, we are helpless because they are using government power against us. We are only relying on God to come to our aide” the Deputy told journalists.