Despite the crisis that has produced two speakers in the Ondo state House of Assembly, Governor Olusegun Mimiko is set to present the 2017 budget proposal today.
According to the itinerary of the Governor signed by his Chief of Staff, Dr Kola Ademujimi, the event will take place at the Ondo State House of Assembly Chamber by 12. noon.
Expected at the budget presentation are members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, members of the Ondo State Executive Council, Chairmen and members of Boards and Parastatals and top government functionaries.
It will be recalled that the Ondo State House of Assembly has been engulfed in a leadership tussle which has left the House polarized into camps where some members sat and elected Hon. Coker, representing Ilaje Constituency, and another camp retaining loyalty to Speaker Jumoke Akindele.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State has condemned the purported impeachment of Akindele as Speaker of the state House of Assembly and other principal officers.
According to a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, PDP lawmakers who participated in the purported impeachment should apologise to the party or face its wrath.
Fadaka said the party was against the role played by the nine members of the party in collaboration with five members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said: "The House of Assembly is an integral part of government where decision-making must be jointly taken with decorum. The party demands that the lawmakers apologise to the state government and the party for intentionally misrepresenting us as looters.
"We also condemned them for assaulting and maligning the paymaster and urged them to apologise within five day."
Fadaka condemned the purported leadership change and the assault on the paymaster, describing it as "unbecoming of members of that respected organ of government."
ACCORDING TO HIM, IT WAS UNDEMOCRATIC FOR A FEW MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY TO FOSTER A REGIME OF CHANGE ON THE ASSEMBLY AND THE ENTIRE STATE.