Twenty-five of the twenty-six Ondo lawmakers said Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s position that snakes did not invade the State House of Assembly was untrue.
The lawmakers had claimed that snakes invaded the chamber during a plenary session causing them to flee and postpone sitting indefinitely, a claim the Speaker, Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun later refuted, accusing social media users of peddling falsehood.
Gov. Akeredolu had equally dismissed the story as figment of imagination of his traducers.
The Assembly in a communique signed by 25 insisted that the snake prevented its sitting on Wednesday and Thursday contrary to the governor’s claim.
It read in part: “We want to restate and reaffirm that on Wednesday July 24, 2019, a snake fell from the ceiling into the chamber of the Assembly. On Thursday July 25, 2019, part of the ceiling caved in and fell into the chamber, preventing us from holding a schedule meeting inside the chamber.
“We take exception to the doctored video released from the media office of the governor as it did not reflect what transpired, when the governor visited the Assembly on Friday July 26, 2019 and we will not want to join issue by releasing the original version of the tape.
“We reiterate the constitutional status of the legislature as an independent arm of government, which therefore, deserve to be accorded as such.
“We want to state without any equivocation that no fund has been released to the Assembly for the capital projects in the last five years, in spite of the yearly budgetary provision and there has not been any cash-backing for the renovation of the Assembly for the past 10 years.
“It is pitiable that the Ondo State House of Assembly is the worst in terms of infrastructure in the whole country. It will also interest the public to know that the office of the speaker and the deputy speaker have no official cars.”