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A former Deputy Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Dare Kadiri, has said that his suspension did not come to him as a surprise.

He was suspended after the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, was grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Kadiri, representative of Ijebu North State Constituency, said his suspension and that of Hon. Solomon Osho last week was an attempt to silence lawmakers advocating for accountability.

He said: “It should not surprise right-thinking Nigerians either, especially those who have been following political developments in Ogun State in recent times.

“The attempt to silence lawmakers advocating accountability, probity and transparency in the House finances is tantamount to corruption fighting back.

“Yes, corruption is fighting back in Ogun Assembly.

“Those who are incensed by the recent arrest and arraignment of Speaker Olakunle Oluomo for fraud are desperate to cover their tracks but their embarrassing scandal is too late for a cover-up.

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“No prior allegations were levelled, no committee investigated any charges, no vote decided any sanction on the floor of the House.

“Only the unilateral impulse of Mr Speaker was just at play.

“In this instance, Mr Speaker was the accuser, the prosecutor and the judge at the same time.

“His action was rushed to achieve a predetermined end but that would never be the end.

“The suspension of lawmakers who have faithfully and effectively represented their constituencies is illegal, malicious and unwarranted political vendetta.

“The action is a classical case of gross abuse of office and therefore null and void.

“As a law-abiding Nigerian, I have made adequate consultations with my lawyers and resolved to challenge the illegal suspension in court.

“The EFCC case is just a preamble, more cases are still in the offing against the Speaker.

“I am a firm believer in the rule of law and expect the court of law to do the needful.

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“One of the cardinal programmes of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is fighting corruption.

“All well-meaning citizens must join hands with the President to tackle corruption wherever it rears its ugly head.

“If we all sit idly and allow corruption to thrive, then our country is in deep trouble.

“I’m aware of some false allegation making the rounds that I and certain lawmakers had signed impeachment notice against Mr Speaker.

“What is my business in signing an impeachment notice against someone who is already under prosecution for corruption?

“The allegation is merely a figment of the imagination of a drowning man clutching at every straw to survive imminent doom.

“I have said it before that those who breached the law with impunity must understand that they can only run, they can’t hide.

“No matter how hard they try, Mr Speaker and his backers can never fool the good people of Ogun State.”

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