In his reaction to the story that Snake fell on the Speaker of State Assembly during plenary session, the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has described the story and picture making the round as an attempt to blackmail the State which is unacceptable by the State Government.
The Governor said he’s unhappy that facts were deliberately distorted by a section of the media on the incidence.
He said the Principal Officers of the house had confirmed to him that neither snake nor ceiling fell on the Speaker during plenary as reported by the press.
Governor Akeredolu who described as unacceptable, the maintenance culture of the house in the past, said despite the low level of the state finances his administration has continually released the legitimate dues of each arm of government timeously.
The governor however assured that on the renovation of the complex in due course.
The Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon David Oleyelogun has also debunked the reports on a section of the media which claimed that snake fell on him at plenary during the week.
Describing the reports as spurious, the speaker said the media did not only misrepresented the house on the snake sighted in its hallow chamber but also goofed on the reason which led to the adjournment of plenary.
The Speaker spoke while briefing the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, who had come to the Assembly Complex shortly on his return to the state from the Federal Capital Territory where he had gone for a two-day meeting.
Hon Oleyelogun said that Members of Assembly met the ceiling of the chamber already caved in as a result of termite infestation on Thursday and as such the house could not commence proceedings but was quick to add that the newsmen who were already in the gallery concorted the unfounded story of snake fall.
He however, stated that the incidence could have been avoided if past administrations had released funds as budgeted for the maintenance and renovation of the entire complex particularly the hallow chamber which had been infested by termites for over ten years.
Hon Oleyelogun flanked by Principal Officers of the house appreciated Governor Akeredolu for coming to show concern with the legislators as soon as he returned to the state from a two-day official assignment in Abuja.