BY AUGUSTINA OKINEDO
Ondo State House of Assembly has declared the seats of two lawmakers vacant.
They are the legislators representing Ese Odo State Constituency, Success Torhukerhijo and his counterpart, representing Ilaje State constituency 2, Favour Tomomewo.
The House at plenary presided over by the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun urged the Independent Electoral Commission should conduct a bye election within 90 days for the seats of the two constituencies.
This followed a letter from the All Progressives Congress, Ondo State Chapter.
The clerk of the house, Jayeola Benjamin read the letter written by APC Chairman, Ade Adetimehin on a request to declare their seats vacant, saying that both lawmakers allegedly participated fully in the activities of another party, PDP, during the last governorship and house of assembly primary elections in the state.
The Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun said that based on the APC’s letter, he was in accordance with the 1999 constitution, declaring the seats vacant while a letter should be written to INEC to conduct a bye election to fill the vacant seats within 90 days.
While directing that the benefits and entitlements of both lawmakers be stopped forthwith and all government property in their possession returned, the Speaker affirmed that there was no crisis in APC to warrant their actions.