Ondo State House of Assembly Speaker Bamidele Oleyelogun has explained why the seats of two lawmakers were declared vacant.
The two lawmakers, Favour Towomewo representing Ilaje Constituency II and the legislator representing Ese Odo Constituency, Success Torhukerhijo, were alleged to have engaged in anti-party activities.
It was alleged that both lawmakers belonged to another party other than the All Progressives Congress (APC) that sponsored them to the House.
Both lawmakers were said to have contested the last primaries on the platform of other political parties without officially notifying the Assembly that they had defected to another party.
The Speaker directed the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a by-election within 90 days for the constituencies
He said the decision of the House followed a letter from the Chairman of APC in the state, Mr. Ade Adetimehin, to declare their seats vacant, as the duo were alleged to have fully participated in the activities of another party during the last governorship election and Assembly primaries in the state.
Oleyelogun said the House acted in accordance with Section 109(1) and (g) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
He said he directed that the lawmakers’ benefits and entitlements be stopped forthwith and all government properties in their possession returned.
The Speaker said there was no crisis or division from ward to the national level of the ruling APC to warrant actions of the lawmakers.
Both lawmakers could not be reached for comments at press time.