ABEOKUTA – AS details of the meeting of the estranged members of Ogun State House of
Assembly begin to emerge, the two sides in the House of Assembly have been
giving different accounts of what transpired with each side claiming to have
gotten the nod of the President.
Nine legislators had at dawn on Monday announced the suspension of Speaker Tunji Egbetokun and
the appointment of Mr. Emmanuel Soyemi Coker in his stead. Apart from
announcing the appointment of other Principal Officers, the legislators
suspended 14 other members belonging to the Group of 15 legislators led by
The legislators also took other far reaching decisions including approval for accessing the contentious N100 Billion Bond.
But the Egbetokun camp cried foul prompting the Presidency to order the sealing up of the House and summoning them to Abuja.
Egbetokun’s Deputy Mr. Remmy Hassan had on Thursday said that President Goodluck Jonathan
had given recognition to his group because in Jonathan’s view the action of the
nine lawmakers was illegal hence it could not stand and that as such, the House
would hold its plenary session on Tuesday.
But the Deputy Speaker of the Coker faction, Mr. Ayo Odugbesan denied that President had
given recognition to the Egbetokun’s group saying “we held a meeting with the
President who told us that anyone has an issue with the present situation
[crisis] should go to court.
“He [President] also gave the Governor [Daniel] and senator Jubril Martins Kuye 24
hours to settle the issue of factions within the Party’s State Executive and
give him the feedback within 24 hours.
“President Jonathan has no power to re instate Egbetokun; it is only the judiciary that
has such powers. He has ordered that the Assembly should remain shut until the
issue is resolved”
But Remmy Hassan accused of Odugbesan of being economical with the truth saying “the President met with us [G15] on Wednesday and
told us that he was in Ruwanda when he heard that nine members of the House had
met to remove Speaker Egbetokun and suspended 14 others
“The President told us that when he heard the news he described is as a monumental
embarrassment to Nigeria because Nigeria is not a banana republic where
anything goes. He told us at that meeting that he would meet the other group
According to Hassan, after that meeting, the president scheduled a meeting to be attended by the two groups for Thursday to iron things out.
“But the Governor [Daniel] attended the meeting without presenting any legislator from the other group which he Daniel is supporting.
Hassan said that contrary to claims by Odugbesan and Coker that the President had seen reason with them,
Jonathan told them at that meeting that he never made such statement, “in fact when we
told him about such claim, what he told us was that it is giving a dog a bad
name to hang it and insisted that whoever made such statement should go and
Hassan said that what the President told them at the Thursday meeting was that he hoped
issue would be resolved amicably but added that but if it would turn rancorous
then there is nothing stopping the government from getting the Supreme Court to
give pronouncement on it [dispute].