Ek­iti law­mak­ers im­peach prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers, sus­pend Fayose loy­al­ists

Ousted speaker faults ac­tion, in­sists House yet to re­con­vene

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - From Ay­o­dele Afo­labi, Ado Ek­iti

THE seren­ity of the Ek­iti State House of As­sem­bly was yes­ter­day al­tered as 14 mem­bers im­peached the speaker, Ko­la­wole Oluwa­wole, and other prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers.

Com­pris­ing three All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) and 11 Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) faith­ful, the ac­tors sus­pended 12 oth­ers, in­clud­ing the de­posed Oluwa­wole, per­ceived to be loyal to Gover­nor Ay­o­dele Fayose for 125 leg­isla­tive days.

Though the im­peach­ment took place be­hind closed door, but in a state­ment af­ter the ses­sion by the new speaker, Ebenezer Alag­bada, the law­mak­ers pledged their co­op­er­a­tion to the gover­nor-elect, Dr. Kay­ode Fayemi, to move the state for­ward.

The leg­is­la­tors pred­i­cated their ac­tion on the need to re­po­si­tion the leg­is­la­ture for ef­fec­tive ser­vice de­liv­ery.

They ac­cused the ousted speaker of be­ing clue­less and lead­ing the House adrift.

The speaker said: "We have to do some­thing dras­tic to save the leg­is­la­ture from anar­chy and in­sult.

"You are aware that Ek­iti State House of As­sem­bly has since in­cep­tion of this out­go­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion be­come a prop­erty of the gover­nor rather than an arm of gov­ern­ment.

"The se­cret and hor­rid sit­ting of last month where a pur­ported sup­ple­men­tary bud­get was con­sid­ered and passed in less than an hour is sad and a food for thought. "

Alag­bada con­se­quently dis­solved all of the House’s statu­tory and stand­ing com­mit­tees, di­rect­ing the chair­men to hand over to their sec­re­taries. Be­sides Oluwa­wole, oth­ers sus­pended are Shina An­i­masahun; Omo­toso Sa­muel; Wale Ayeni; Dare Pelem ; Jeje Sa­muel and Akinl­eye Dayo. The rest were Fa­jemile­hin Ay­o­dele; Fasanmi Temi­tope; Tunji Akinyele and Sanya Aladeyelu.

The As­sem­bly also re­in­stated for­mer Deputy Speaker Se­gun Adewumi.

Dur­ing the sit­ting, Sun­day Akin­niyi of the APC was elected Mi­nor­ity Leader; Fa­jana Ojo-ade got Deputy Leader’s post, Chief Whip’s po­si­tion went to Cecilia Dada while Musa Aro­gun­dade emerged Deputy Chief Whip. At a news con­fer­ence later, a law­maker, Gboyega Aribiso­gan, who main­tained all that was needed was a quo­rum of the 26-mem­ber cham­ber, clar­i­fied that the PDP re­mains the ma­jor­ity party in the House.

But Oluwa­wole de­scribed his re­moval as a “rape on democ­racy and a de­scent to the low­est level of law­less­ness and il­le­gal­ity.” In a state­ment by his Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia, Stephen Gbadamosi, the ousted speaker al­leged that the ac­tors were pro­vided po­lice cover who pre­vented other mem­bers and staff of the leg­is­la­ture from gain­ing en­trance into the com­plex.

His words: "This is bizarre! In a democ­racy? This is the height of il­le­gal­ity and it can never stand. As the speaker, I su­per­vised the last ad­journ­ment of the House which was car­ried out ac­cord­ing to laid down rules.”


Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Nige­ria (SON), Osita An­thony Aboloma (left); Pres­i­dent, Ba­lo­gun Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion/icc, Chief An­thony Obi, and Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Chief Jones Ok­pala, dur­ing SON’S na­tion­wide aware­ness on dan­gers of sub­stan­dard prod­ucts in La­gos… yes­ter­day.

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