Nine Ogun State House of Assembly members on Friday shunned a meeting convened by Governor Ibikunle Amosun in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Our correspondent learnt that the Peoples Democratic Party and the Peoples Party of Nigeria’s legislators refused to attend the meeting in protest against the outcome of the July 21 local government election in the state.
The Minority Leader, Job Akintan; the PDP Whip, Olusola Sonuga; PPN Whip, John Obafemi;Babatunde Edunjobi (Yewa South);Abiodun Akovoyon (Ipokia Idiroko); Salmon Adeleke (Imeko/Afon;Bowale Solaja (Ijebu NorthI); Joseph Adegbesan (Ijebu North II); and Adeyemi Harrison (Ogun Waterside), had dismissed the poll as “lacking credibility”.
They had also vowed to sue the state government and the state Independent Electoral Commission over the matter.
Amosun was however said to have invited all the lawmakers in the Assembly for a meeting through a text message by the Clerk of the House, Mr. Muyiwa Adenopo.
The text message, obtained by our correspondent on Monday read, “Dear sir/Ma, the governor has requested that all members meet at the governor’s office by 5pm today for a special meeting. Thanks sir, ma. Clerk for RHS.”
Akovoyon confirmed to our correspondent that he and his colleagues shunned the invitation because of their experiences during the council poll.
The lawmaker said, “They were preaching one man, one vote but during the council election, they refused to practise what they preached. They should tell the whole world the true position of things.
“They claimed that the election was a reflection of their so called Ogun Standard. Are they telling us Ogun Standard is all about rigging and other fraud perpetrated during the council elections?”