David Oleyeloogun, who was on Friday impeached as the speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly by his colleagues says he remains the authentic speaker of the House.
Oleyeloogun stated this while addressing reporters on Friday at the Assembly complex in Akure, the state capital.
He also insisted that his deputy, Iroju Ogundeji, is the valid Deputy Speaker of the House.
This was after 18 out of the 26 members of the House signed the notice for his impeachment and that of his deputy.
“What they did today is not impeachment; a quorum was not formed,” said Oleyeloogun.
“I still remain the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly; Rt Honourable Iroju Ogundeji is still the Deputy Speaker. Nothing changes, no impeachment and I am giving you the assurance.”
The impeached speaker, however, blamed the incident on an internal crisis among the lawmakers, stressing that it would be resolved soon.
Fatai Olotu, Chairman of the House Committee on Information, had earlier explained the reason behind the impeachment of Oleyeloogun and his deputy.
According to him, the lawmakers took the decision over allegations of corruption against the two principal officers.
The House had consequently elected Olamide George as the new Speaker while Abimbola Fajolu was elected as the deputy.