Flash: Peace Returns As Governor Amosun Reconciles Warring Ogun State Assembly Factions

The crisis rocking the Ogun  House of Assembly was on Wednesday resolved as Gov. Ibikunle Amosun brokered peace between the two warring  factions.

Amosun, who addressed newsmen shortly after his reconciliatory meeting with the two groups in his office, gave an assurance that  the House was now intact.

The governor, however, apologised to residents of the state on behalf of the Assembly  for the unruly action of the lawmakers on Tuesday.

The crisis over the constitution of the House’s Tenders Board deepened at Tuesday’s sitting with the purported suspension of four lawmakers  and the breaking of the mace.

But Amosun said it was necessary for the warring groups to  embrace peace as a  sign of respect and befitting birthday gift to the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, whose 26th posthumous birthday anniversary came up on Wednesday.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Suraj Adekanbi, expressed regrets at the development, saying, ”the House is back as one big family.’’

”What happened yesterday was quite unfortunate,  but we have risen above it,” Adekunbi said.

Mr Remmy Hazzan, a factional leader in the Assembly, also apologised to the people of the state over the development.

He said the crisis was resolved as a sign of respect and to uphold the good legacies of notable indigenes of the state.

”If this is a state where the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo hails from and  ran the best parliamentary practices back then in the 1960s and 1970s , such state should not be an example of what is repugnant to acceptable norms in legislature,’’ Hazzan said.

The lawmakers proceeded from the governor’s office to the chambers and conducted a peaceful legislative session.

Courtesy NAN

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