The speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Adewale Omirin and his deputy, Hon Tunji Orisalade were Thursday removed from their respective positions by seven members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus of the House.
In their place, the protem speaker of the Monday’s sitting, Hon Dele Olugbemi (Ikole II) and Hon Abeni Olayinka (Ado II) were elevated to occupy their respective seats.
Reacting to the development Omirin, insisted that he remains the speaker of the Assembly adding that the House required 2/3 majority as stipulated by the amended 1999 constitution to unseat him.
Omirin who spoke with newsmen in Lagos alongside 18 other APC lawmakers insisted that he remained the speaker of the House and accused President Goodluck Jonathan of instigating the crisis in Ekiti State.
Omirin said he can only be removed by 18 lawmakers out of the 26 in the House.
“Where did they get the authority to remove me and the deputy speaker? As you can see I am here with 18 of my colleagues, what they have done is illegal, null and void.”
He said that Governor Ayodele Fayose wants to deliberately create problem in the state in order to rule without any hinderance.
“I can assure you that what they have done will not stand. We shall use all constitutional means at our disposal to fight this illegal act.
“It is sad that Mr President could condone what is going on in Ekiti. Beacuse Fayose has been boosting that he has the support of the president as he briefed him everyday on development in Ekiti State.”
Omirin said he and his colleagues had to leave the state temporarily as their lives are not safe.
“But we will not run away from Ekiti State as we shall go back very soon,” Omirin said.
Omirin said his 18 colleagues are still with him and that they remain in the APC.
“The 19 APC members are intact and we are outside the state because the state is not safe for us. Fayose is fast becoming a maximum ruler and this cannot stand.”
However, in his maiden press conference, Olugbemi exonerated Fayose of being instrumental to the removal of Omirin. He added that “The change in the leadership of the House is strictly prerogative of the legislature . So my emergence has no executive influence.
“As critical stakeholders in Ekiti project, we must fight hard to ensure that we return Ekiti to the path of glory. We will work closely with Governor Ayodele Fayose to achieve this for our people by making laws that will serve as frameworks for good governance.”
While 10 people sat at the chambers to conduct the plenary, only seven including the new speaker later showed up at the office of the new speaker during his inaugural media briefing.
Omirin had earlier informed media men in Lagos that the new speaker broke his office door to gain entrance.
During the brief sitting that lasted for about 45 minutes, the lawmakers repealed the law on Ekiti State Peace Corps established by ex-Governor Kayode Fayemi, describing the body as a “burden to the finances of the state”.
Oshiomhole To Fayose: Don’t Join Me In Your Gangsterism
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has told his Ekiti State counterpart, Mr Ayodele Fayose, to buckle up and face the task of governance rather than drag his (Oshiomhole’s) name into the political gangsterism that has become peculiar with the Ekiti State governor.
In a statement by his chief press secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, Oshiomhole said “We find it utterly laughable and as the height of political childishness for the Ekiti State governor to hide behind his media aides and seek to drag the name of the governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, into his crude gangster tactics which he has re-introduced into Ekiti politics less than two months after assuming office.
“If the Ekiti governor is too lazy to read and too politically illiterate to know what is happening in Edo State House of Assembly, we expected his psychedelic media aides to simply shut their loud mouths rather than behave like capering neophytes.
“For the purpose of education, the Ekiti governor and his media aides should be informed that there is no crisis in Edo State House of Assembly. 15 members of the 24-member Assembly are members of the All Progressives Congress, while nine are members of the opposition PDP. Of the nine PDP members, three are on suspension while the seat of one member has been declared vacant. So, effectively, the PDP has five members.