Ek­iti speaker, deputy im­peached, 12 sus­pended

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

Cri­sis rocked the cham­bers of the Ek­iti State House of Assem­bly on Thurs­day as the law­mak­ers re­moved the Speaker, Hon. Ko­la­wole Oluwa­wole, and his Deputy, Hon. Sina An­i­masaun, and re­placed them with Hon. Ebenezer Alag­bada (Ise/Orun) as the new speaker, and re­in­stated the for­mer Deputy Speaker, Hon. Se­gun Adewumi.

The lat­est de­vel­op­ment was like what played out in 2014 when Gov. Fayose took over power and seven mem­bers of the then assem­bly im­peached the then Speaker, Dr. Ade­wale Omirin (APC), and in­stalled Hon. Dele Olugbemi, who just de­fected to the PDP.

Twelve other law­mak­ers, in­clud­ing Oluwa­wole, were sus­pended for 125 leg­isla­tive days by the three APC and 11 PDP law­mak­ers who car­ried out the changes.

Those sus­pended are Oluwa­wole, An­i­masahun, Omo­toso Sa­muel, Wale Oni­giobi, Wale Ayeni, Dare Pelem, Jeje Sa­muel, Akinl­eye Dayo, Fa­jemile­hin Ay­o­dele, Fasanmi Temi­tope, Tunji Akinyele and Sanya Aladeyelu.

At the sit­ting, Sun­day Akin­niyi (APC) was elected mi­nor­ity leader, Fa­jana Ojo-Ade, deputy leader, Ce­cilia Dada, chief whip, and Musa Aro­gun­dade, deputy chief whip.

Ad­dress­ing news­men after the ple­nary, Aribiso­gan, the new leader of busi­ness, said Oluwa­wole and the other PDP law­mak­ers were sus­pended over al­leged com­plic­ity in the dis­ap­pear­ance of N60m in the house.

He added that they were also slammed with sus­pen­sion for in­ep­ti­tude, say­ing they al­legedly al­lowed the rep­u­ta­tion of the assem­bly to be de­stroyed by the gov­er­nor.

How­ever, Gov. Ay­o­dele Fayose and the for­mer speaker have con­demned the ac­tion, al­leg­ing po­lice com­plic­ity.

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