A Coalition of Youth and Students against Injustice has given the state government seven days ultimatum to reverse the Impeachment of the deputy speaker Hon. Dare Kadiri.
The coalition composed of National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) and the Ijebu Youths Association (IYA) gave the ultimatum during a press briefing in Abeokuta.
The group alleged that the impeachment was on grounds of personal rift between the Speaker, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo and his deputy adding the impeachment was too harsh on Kadiri.
Kadiri representing Ijebu North constituency 2 was impeached on Thursday 4th of March over allegations of gross misconduct.
The group throwing its weight behind the embattled deputy speaker opined that 19 out of the 26 lawmakers who supported the motion for impeachment were wrong.
The NAPS National President, Olasunkanmi Ijaduoye who is also the convener of the coalition described the impeachment as stripping Ogun of the benefits and positive impacts of the lawmaker.
Ijaduoye said the impeachment is capable of demoralizing other well meaning representatives of the state.
In his words, “All concerned Students in Ogun State spread across all Students Movement Structure in the state frown at the undue and unwarranted impeachment of Hon. Dare Kadri, the Deputy Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly. Such conspiracy against the unrelenting lawmaker in the state is a uncalled for in nascent democracy, unwarranted and baseless, as such capable of demotivating other good ambassadors of Ogun State in various public or private sectors who are willing and actively working towards the progress of their dear state.
“It is uncalled for, that personal differences could be dragged into official and legislative process with flimsy and baseless paper work allegations which mocks the weakness of the lawmakers purporting to such conspiracy against progress.
“we cannot watch while those who have the interest of our state at heart to be repaid with such politics of calumny, callousness and injustices. We are beginning to understand that some persons meant no well for the reputation of the state and only after their personal interest. Removing Hon. Dare Kadri is stripping off the students benefits which they have been enjoying through effective lawmaking.”
His counterpart, National President of IYA, Wasiu Fayomi agrees that the misunderstanding was blown out of proportion.
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Fayomi said the group will stage a protest if nothing is done when the ultimatum lapses.
“We were surprised to hear that he has been impeached due to the minor political differences he was alleged to be having with some people back home including the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi which many people believed was blown out of proportion.
“The Speaker is said to have been looking for a way to get rid of the Deputy Speaker who he believed had been poke nosing into how he handled the finances of the assembly. Such behavior is oppressive and amounted to just using a sledgehammer to kill an ant.
“It is in our opinion that this impeachment which is just to serve the ego of the Speaker and not the overall public interest should be reversed within the next seven days or else the youths will be at the assembly to protest this disservice to our growing democracy,” Fayomi said.
The group called on the State governor, Dapo Abiodun to look into the matter to prevent it from degenerating.
In a related development, the state house of assembly has elected Hon. Akeem Balogun to replace Kadiri as the deputy speaker.
Balogun, elected on Tuesday is a lawmaker representing Ogun waterside in the State House of assembly.