The crisis rocking the Ekiti State House of Assembly took a new turn on Monday as the lawmakers impeached the Speaker of the Assembly, Gboyega Aribisogan, and elected Olubunmi Adelugba as the new Speaker. Aribisogan was elected days ago to replace the deceased former presiding officer of the legislature.
The members of the assembly also suspended Aribisogan indefinitely.
17 out of the 25 lawmakers impeached Aribisogan and elected Adelugba as the new Speaker of the Assembly.
Aribisogan, who emerged as the Speaker of the Assembly after the death of Funminiyi Afuye, had accused the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, of working with the lawmakers to impeach him.
Speaking in an interview on television on Sunday, Aribisogan stated that Fayemi failed to recognise him as the Speaker of Ekiti Assembly.
“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,” he had said.
The impeached Speaker and six others were suspended without pay with immediate effect.
They are also barred from 1.5km radius of the premises of the House of Assembly Complex
They are to hand over properties of government in their possession to the Clerk of the House.
Politicos gathered that anyone of the suspended members wishing to be reabsorbed must write a letter of apology to the leadership of the House.