Tension in Ekiti as 10 PDP lawmakers convene Assembly without Speaker, Deputy

Ayo Fayose, Ekiti state governor.

Amid tight security provided by armed policemen, 10 out of 26 members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly reconvened Monday and ratified the appointment of three commissioners, 12 advisers and reconstituted the caretaker committees of the 16 Local Government Areas in the state.

The lawmakers, all members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, performed the tasks in the absence of the Speaker, Adewale Omirin, and deputy speaker, Adetunji Orisalade, fuelling speculation the speaker had been impeached.

The state government denied the speaker was removed from office.

A sitting to ratify the appointments constitutionally requires at least two thirds of total members of the state assembly to be in attendance. That would require at least 17 members.

But the All Progressives Congress, APC, said only seven members of the House, who belong to the PDP, attended the session and approved the appointments. The party also said none of its members were in attendance.

The governor, Ayo Fayose, had requested the Assembly, currently on one month recess, to approve the appointments.

During the sitting, the members nominated one of its members, Dele Olugbemi, as the Speaker pro-tempore, an action described by some as a technical impeachment of the substantive Speaker.

Samuel Ajibola, representing Ekiti East Constituency 2, moved the motion for the appointment of Mr. Olugbemi as Speaker pro-tempore, the motion was seconded by Olayinka Ayeni.

In the motion, Mr. Ajibola said the legislature could invoke Section 27 of the Constitution to sit and nominate a Speaker in the absence of the substantive Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.

He subsequently read three letters from the state governor in which he requested the House to screen and confirm the three commissioner-nominees, Owoseni Ajayi, Justice; Toyin Ojo, Finance; and Kayode Oso, Works and Transport, 12 special advisers and authority to reconstitute the caretaker committees of the 16 dissolved councils.

The lawmakers unanimously approved all the requests after brief deliberations.

The three nominees served in the first administration of Mr. Fayose between 2003 and 2006 when he was impeached.

Shortly after the approval by the lawmakers, the governor inaugurated the caretaker committee chairmen.

The event was fixed for 10 am, but began at 12.55 pm, suggesting that the governor was merely waiting for the nod of the legislature before going ahead with it.

Mr. Ajibola, who defended the action of the few lawmakers, told journalists after the sitting that 10 members of the House sat, but that “only nine members were needed to form a quorum.

“There are no PDP or APC lawmakers in the Assembly,” he said. “We are all Ekiti lawmakers and our job is to make laws for good governance in Ekiti State.”

The state chapter of the APC, in a statement by its spokesperson, Taiwo Olatunbosun, described the event at the House of Assembly as “barbaric and condemnable.”

It said, “Our attention has been drawn to the invasion of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, EKHA, this morning by Gov Ayo Fayose and his attempt to arm twist the house to do his bidding to tinker with the constitution and confer functions on the caretaker chairmen he has set up for the Local Government councils. He is forcing his way to inaugurate them in spite of the due legislative process.

“In his characteristic manner, Fayose, this morning went to the hallowed chamber in company of armed soldiers and policemen, dreadfully garbed, and unleashed terror on the innocent assembly
workers, forced his way in and compelled his 7-man PDP house members to sit and do his bidding.”

The APC pleaded with Nigerians to support it in its calling Mr. Fayose to order. The party also said Mr. Fayose engages in series of constitutional infringements.

“We are cock-sure that this impunity will not stop. The predictable chaos is here already and we are back to witnessing the reign of terror in Ekiti State,” it said.

“We also learnt that realising that it would require 9 members to form a quorum in a 26-member house, Fayose also brought some strange men into the hallowed chamber to impersonate Honourable Assembly members in his attempt at ensuring a constituted quorum. He insisted that they must appoint a speaker among them and go ahead with legislative matters, forgetting that the house doesn’t hold plenary on Monday. How badly can an impunity be?

“We condemn in categorical terms Fayose’s lawlessness and executive recklessness. His bully and arm-twisting tactics know no bounds and he is acting like an emperor who cannot be stopped. He has hijacked and pocketed the Judiciary and he believes there is nothing stopping him from taking over the legislative functions, as long as his gun-totting soldiers are at his beck and call.”

The party said Mr. Fayose moves about the state with battalion of gun-toting soldiers.
APC said military men who were supposed to be defending the territorial integrity of the country, had been following a governor about, unleashing terror on the innocent people and deliberately holding the state capital to ransom.

“This reminds one of the civil war era. Peace is fast eluding us in Ekiti and we are back to the season of anomie,” the APC said.

It said it was already chronicling all the constitutional breaches by the governor and was hopeful that the law would find him out one of these days.

Since October 16 when he assumed office, Mr. Fayose, had been enmeshed in a political battle with the APC members of the House, notably the Speaker.

The governor had ordered the closure of a filling station belonging to Mr. Omirin for allegedly flouting environmental laws. The Speaker was asked by the agents of the state government to submit his construction approval documents to the Ministry of Environment.

However, the Speaker described the move as political intimidation because he refused to join the PDP, the governor’s party.

Mr. Fayose had also on several occasions taken on his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi, whom he accused of funding his lavish lifestyle with public money.


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  • King Carlos

    I doubt if Fayose will finish his second term successfully because he has no regard for the laws and his level of impunity is unrivaled. I doubt if Fayose can change at all. This is not the kind of leadership we want in Nigeria.

  • fayemi

    hmmm, the direct and immediate sequential consequences of voting based on “stomach infrastructure”

  • sammyctu ode

    This guy called fayose is not a governor but a real thug and area boy to the core. Doesn’t he know what is called constitution and majority rule? He was “declared” winner because he had more votes so how can he convey minority to approve list of his commissioners? I don’t belong to any party but I know once APC wins the Presidential election, fayose is on his way out for the second time and FOREVER. This man- fayose is an animal.

    • JI

      APC win Presidency? Are you from the Moon? Elites hardly votes, so speak for your self. those who tasted the bitter pills from APC will not have it happen again

  • George

    PM WICKED NEWS said 7 members this PT said 10 members the truth is yet to be told.

    PM WICKED NEWS said 7 members impreached the speaker PT said speaker not impreached.

    • Tonnero

      7 or 10, they are still in the minority in a house of 26 persons.

  • favourtalk

    What a tragic and shame to the just Governor. Ekiti people deserves better but it’s a big problem because they brought it upon themselves. They’v witnessed his attribute before and they still insisted that they are voting for him. I guess that’s a lesson for them now about who PDP represents and their plans for the nation. We need a change, next time, they won’t accept rice again

  • Truthometer

    Well, it has been predicted that “stomach infrastructure” will surely leads to some negative unforeseen circumstances in Ekiti. The time for that prophesy is about to be fulfilled. Brace up for tough time, Ekiti people! It’s your choice! You haven’t seen anything yet!

  • bikky

    Ah! Fayose,you fall my hand,I think you should have learn t to be patient,after all this house will reconvene no matter how long it takes,in fact it is an opportunity for you to see a lot of things in those ministries and local governments by yourself ,house will reconvene properly for sure then you can then re-present your request,in fact you are making my interest in you to fade away very fast. Why?why?Why? armed soldiers and policemen you really disappointed me,I have been trying to defend you severally whenever people say something contrary to your opinion but this one how can a reasonable person support your this barbaric step,either 7 or 10 out of 26 which kind of permutation is this one,O ga o.

  • Atom Ant

    When the wicked bears rule, the people mourn! A people sure deserve the leader they get.

  • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

    Fire for fire… Kudos fayose

    • Tonnero

      Ode. You have still not realized that democracy is about the rule of law and not the whims of tin gods and despots. It means you follow what the law says and where you disagree on what the law says, you seek interpretation in a court of competent jurisdiction. I know you guys do not think principles but this will not get us anywhere.

      • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

        How do you interpret what is going on Rivers and Edo assembly? The only key to defeat terrorism is terror

        • Olu

          I pity Nigeria. With the way you guys are commenting here. The Country is finished if you think Fayose is right and he has to be lawless. Any Gov APC or PDP engaging in this sort of CRAP should never be voted in again by his people. Wake up Nigerians and let’s do it right!!! Two wrongs don’t make a right. this is why we are where we are today – Backward and ruled by thieves and tyrants

      • JI

        Who was the man who removed his States House of Assembly Roof for months, to ensure opposition Law Makers never made Law? What is good for the Goose!

  • Tonnero

    PDPigs are unable to play politics the way it should be. If US Democrats were like PDPigs, they would railroad bills through anytime the house (majority republicans) is filibustering. The more sane political approach is to see what the LAW ALLOWS YOU TO DO while waiting for the house to reconvene.

    This is why even though the republicans refused to support Obama’s proposals on immigration, he resorted to executive actions (i.e. things the law allows him to do without going through Congress) rather than having a minority democrats helped by a thousand marines to sit down and pass his proposals. The other thing Obama did when Congress refused to support Obamacare was to take it directly to the people. We all know that the republicans have shut down government a few times in the past both during Clinton and Obama’s tenures but at no time was the ruling party willing, as PDP has shown in Rivers, Ekiti and the NGF elections, to blatantly ignore the majority and stage manage kangaroo processes to get their way. Shame on you PDPigs.

  • mike

    This is sh*t served cold. Ekiti people should brace up, close their eyes and swallow it quietly. Stomach infrastructure is beginning to run their bellies. They really chose a governor they deserve.

  • JI

    Fayose is not leaving any room for his enemies. I Love the politics in Ekiti. Once beaten twice shy. Fayose truly knows his enemies, so it is better to do rafaw rafaw than to be thrown out again.I am sure the APC Law makers were going to spring suprises when they recovene

  • UOU

    I think Mr Fasoye is the proper match for APC in Nigeria Politics of Today. Mr Fayose is taking them on, in their own type of politics, ready to extinguish them in Ekiti. APC has been shamelessly exploiting Mr Jonathan’s gentleness, causing all manners of distractions with impunity, blackmailing and sabotaging Mr Jonathan Government, which is not opposition as the book of politics says. Let us watch and see how they will square up with Mr Fayose, as one laughs to hear APC complaining now, showing they are real cowards, where are all their threat of, violence, anarchy and insults?

  • onyex

    We need to let go of this military mentality in us. Democracy means respect for the rule of law, whoever does what is wrong, governor or president needs to be told that he is breaking the law; but when we support them and think this is game where you kill your enemies, then let’s canonise late Abacha as a Saint.