Suspected political thugs numbering about 200, yesterday stormed the Ondo State House of Assembly and prevented some lawmakers loyal to the embattled deputy governor of the state, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, from gaining access to the Assembly Complex.
The thugs, suspected to be sponsored by the members of the House loyal to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, blocked the entrance to the complex and ensured that those who are not on the same page with the incumbent governor were denied entry into the Assembly.
The thugs, who were armed with sticks, stationed themselves in strategic locations around the complex with threats to unleash terror on the lawmakers loyal to the deputy governor.
As of the time of this report, the thugs mounted roadblocks to the complex.
However, while reacting to the development, the speaker of the House, Bamidele Oloyeloogun, noted that those being referred to as thugs were drivers in the state.
Oloyeloogun maintained that the drivers only attend a prayer section organised for the peaceful conduct of the October 10 governorship election in the state in the at the Assembly Complex.
The House of the Assembly had recently suspended about nine lawmakers following their refusal to support the impeachment of the deputy
governor, Ajayi, after he defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) to the People’s Democratic Party( PDP).
The suspended lawmakers approached the State High Court which reinstated them last week.