The new Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Gboyega Aribisogan, has accused the immediate past governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi, of working with members of the assembly to impeach him.
Aribisogan recently emerged as the Speaker of the Assembly following the death of Funminiyi Afuye.
The Assembly complex was later sealed off by security operatives over an attempt to attack the facility by some hoodlums.
Speaking during a television interview on Sunday, the Speaker accused Fayemi of plotting his removal by the lawmakers, adding that the former governor failed to recognise him as the Speaker of the assembly.
Aribisogan further alleged that there were plans by the lawmakers to impeach him on Monday (today), saying: “The majority of members of Assembly voted for me but few of them who felt perhaps I did not follow the directive of the former governor, Dr Fayemi, thought that they would make the state ungovernable for even the administration.
“I didn’t have any quarrel with him. I sent a message to him even last night asking, ‘What is happening? Am I no longer one of your loyalists? Why did you not congratulate me?’
“Up till now that I’m speaking with you, he has not done anything. Otherwise, he has been going around calling our members to go and impeach me tomorrow (Monday). That is the truth.
“As I’m speaking with you, seven of our members are locked up in Fem Guest House in Ado Ekiti, planning on how to impeach me tomorrow in cahoots with some of his former aides like the former commissioner for justice.”
Reacting to the development, the Chief Press Secretary to Ekiti State Governor, Yinka Oyebode, said the crisis rocking the Assembly was an in-house conflict among the lawmakers.
Oyebode said the issues would be resolved amicably, adding: “The information we have and that the police reported about the locking up of the place is that some hoodlums were about burning down the place a couple of days ago and because of that, some of them were even chased away while some jerrycans of fuel and cutlasses were recovered from them.”