By Awodeyi Elizabeth

Ondo State House of Assembly has declared the seats of two Lawmakers vacants, the lawmakers are, the only woman of the house, Hon. Favour Tomomewo, member representing Ilaje State constituency 2, and her counterpart Hon Success Torhukerhijo, member representing Ese-Odo constituency.

Their seats was declared vacant during the plenary presided by the Speaker, Rt Hon Bamidele Oleyelogun after the Clerk of the House, Mr. Jayeola Benjamin read a letter written by the All Progressive Congress, APC, Chairman, Ade Adetimehin on request to declear their seats vacant, as the duo were alleged to have fully participated in the activities of another Party, PDP during the last gubernatorial election and Assembly primaries in the State.

In his rulling, the Speaker said, that based on the APC’s letter and the House having acted in accordance with the section 109(1)and (g) of the 1999 constitution as amended , the House was declaring their seats vacant while a letter should be written to INEC to conduct a bye election into the seats within 90 days.

He also directed that their benefits and entitlements be stopped forthwith and all government properties in their possession returned.The Speaker affirmed that there was no crisis or division from Ward to the National level of APC to warrant their actions.

Meanwhile,a bill for a law to provide for the establishment of Multi-Door Court and other matters connected thereto,2022 has been passed into law .

While presenting the report of the committee for consideration and approval by the honourable house, the Committee said that the establishment of Ondo State Multi-Door Court House is long overdue and a welcome development by all stakeholders.

It noted that if the bill is eventually passed into Law, it will create a window/avenue for alternative dispute resolution that will include the entire range of alternative to litigation that involves third party intervention to assist in the resolution of a dispute.

According to the report, the bill if passed into law will further enhance easy access to justice by providing alternative mechanism to settlement of litigation in the resolution of disputes in the State and also minimize frustration and delays in Justice delivery by providing a standard legal framework for the fair and efficient settlement of dispute through alternative dispute resolution.

The Majority Leader Hon Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi then moved the motion for the bills to be passed into law, and was seconded by Hon Sunday Olajide, the Lawmaker representing Akure South constituency 2.

After the lawmakers unanimously agreed in a voice vote, the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun ruled for the bill to become law.

Likewise, a bill for a law to provide for the establishment of the Ondo State Competition and Consumer Protection Agency law and other matters connected therewith was committed to the House Committee on Commerce and industry after scaling through the second reading.

Also, the message sent to the House by the State government on the nomination of State Commissioner was committed to the Selection Committee of the House.

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