The reasons why the Ondo State House of Assembly suspended the screening of commissioner nominees, which was scheduled to resume today, are still unknown.
The postponing of the screening was reportedly due to Speaker Bamidele Oloyelegun’s arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
On Monday, nine of the nominees were seen, with five more scheduled for yesterday.
The screening was halted, according to the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Youth and Sports Development, Akogun Olugbenga Omole, because the Chairman of the House Committee on Selection, who is also the Speaker, Oleyelogun, was ill.
The statement expressed apologies for the hardships caused by the suspension and invited the remaining commissioners’ nominees to report on the rescheduled date with all appropriate documentation.
The exercise will continue today, according to the statement.
Oleyelogun has been charged with financial wrongdoing in the amount of N2.4 million.
He and several legislators were accused of collecting and sharing funds intended for a seminar in Lagos State that they never attended.
Former Deputy Speaker Iroju Ogundeji has asked the EFCC to probe the money in a petition.
The Olokuta Correctional Centre’s operatives banned journalists from covering the court sessions.
They said that Abuja had issued a directive for all correctional facilities to be on high alert in order to prevent jailbreaks.