Clearly, the quality of Nigerian lawmakers has declined. In the Southwest, a region that once prided itself as the best and most stately, the decline is even more tragic.
There is not much to inspire anyone in that region, but Ondo State has become the typical example of the horrifying excesses that now afflict lawmaking there.
Speaker of the state legislature, Bamidele Oleyelogun, incredibly managed a horrifying leap into the void last week by getting 14 members of the House of Assembly, out of 26, to sign a request to the state chief judge to commence the impeachment of the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, who weeks ago fell out with the governor and defected to the rival Peoples Democratic Party.
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The pro-impeachment lawmakers needed 18 members to sign the request, but only 14 signed. Knowing the law, why on earth would the speaker still go ahead to present the request to the chief judge? What arithmetical miracle was he expecting?
And don’t they have shame in those regions, where it had to take the intervention of the Inspector General of Police to restore the security detail of the alienated deputy governor? Like everything else in the state, it is also now clear that even democracy is not robustly observed: not in the State House, not in the legislature, and sadly too, not even in the ruling APC.
What if the judiciary had descended into the gutters like the rest, and had not sensibly declined the silly request? Then the rout would have been complete.