The crisis rocking Ondo House of Assembly assumed a new dimension, yesterday, when Commissioner of Police, Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, ordered sealing off of the complex.
This followed failure of lawmakers to resolve the leadership crisis which led to the removal of Jumoke Akindele, as speaker.
Pro-Akindele legislators and those opposed to her clashed at assembly complex yesterday.
Spokesman of Ondo Police Command, Femi Joseph confirmed the development when he said the complex was shut to forestall breakdown of law and order.
“It became imperative for us to close down the assembly.
“When we got there yesterday, morning, everybody was allowed to go inside the complex in preparation for the day’s business.
“Lo and behold, they started fighting one another, and the matter was degenerating to a free-for-all. All efforts by the Commissioner to settle the issue through dialogue was not successful,” he said.
Regardless, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate alleged financial recklessness and mismanagement of public funds levelled against Akindele and her deputy, Fatai Olotu.
This was even as the party pulled its weight behind the leadership of Malachi Coker and Ayo Arowele who emerged new speaker and deputy speaker, respectively, of a faction of the House.
Besides, the APC charged the factional leadership of the House to commence impeachment process against Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
The party declared that the crisis rocking the House was due to alleged maladministration and stressed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) almost ruined the state in the last eight years. The House has, since last week, been embroiled in leadership crisis leading to the emergence of two speakers and deputy speakers.
While a faction elected Coker and Arowele as the speaker and deputy speaker, another faction is rooting for Akindele and Olotu.