State Assembly Crises: Oshiomhole, Amaechi, worse than me — Fayose

Ayo Fayose, Ekiti state governor.

The Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, has denied that the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin, was impeached Monday by lawmakers loyal to him.

Ten out of 26 members of the House reconvened Monday without the speaker or the deputy, and named a speaker pro tempore, before approving nominations sent in by the governor.

The lawmakers ratified the appointment of three commissioners, 12 advisers and reconstituted the caretaker committees of the 16 Local Government Areas in the state.

The approvals fueled reports Mr. Omirin had been technically removed from office.

All the lawmakers in attendance were members of the governor’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, said seven lawmakers attended the session, and lambasted the police for providing them full protection despite clearly not meeting the required quorum for the sitting.

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.

But Governor Fayose said in a statement that the lawmakers were breached no laws, and did not impeach the substantive speaker.

“Our attention has been drawn to the news aired by the AIT that the Ekiti State Speaker has been impeached by 7 members,” said his spokesperson, Idowu Adelusi.

“Well, I am not supposed to respond to the lies aired by the AIT purposely to misinformed members of the public because the legislature is another arm of government and whatever they do in their chamber is their business and the executive arm has nothing to do with that.

The statement said: “If they remove their leaders and appoint new ones, that is their business. However, to educate the public, no speaker was removed.”

The governor said nine members of the House sat to and that the House’s standing order allows a quorum of 9 members to sit and appoint a presiding officer.

He criticized the APC, which had earlier lambasted the lawmakers for their action.

“APC are only being hypocritical. APC-controlled state of Edo, we all know what is happening there,” he said. “For over a year now, the state governor has prevented the lawmakers from sitting.

“He said he was going to renovate the Assembly Complex and PDP lawmakers have been meeting in the dilapidated complex, while APC lawmakers are meeting at the Government House.

“Also another APC state of Rivers, the judiciary has been shut down for over a year too.”


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  • MushinSpeaks

    Ekiti, in the last four years was in the news for positive reasons; but now, the reverse is the case.

    Impunity now reigns in the land; harbinger of thuggery and violence is now on the seat of power.

    • JAX230

      Wherever APC is not in control, they lay landmines that brew wahala.
      Peace will return in full scale in ekiti if APC gives PEACE a chance

      • Ajayi Ifayemi

        Remember that APC is in control in Rivers, and Edo which means the landmine was laid by someone else. Also, in the case APC is in control in the house, so going by your logic, who is laying the mines?

    • JAX230

      Wherever APC is not in control, they lay landmines that brew wahala.
      Peace will return in full scale in ekiti if APC gives PEACEMAKER a chance

      • MushinSpeaks

        You must have been drunk before you typed this. So Akwa-Ibom, Ondo, Abia, and other states are in brouhaha right?

        Bigots!

    • His Excellency

      Every change of government has its challenges, d leading body works for their personal interest n not for d state, so dose lawmakers who tot dey can outplay gov Fayose shud wake up bcos E go red for dem

  • Spoken word

    Mr Fayose, cool down. You are only governor for a four year term. No human being can outlive God. Four years is an insignificant amount of time in the Eyes of GOD. All you need to be is a GOD fearing human being, but for some reason you act like a paranoid human being.

    • JAX230

      My dear spoken word, u may b right to some sort but you have failed to note that fayose spokesperson said they assembly members were nine in number which real shows that a quorum was formed and their actions very legal. Take it one by one rather than put blame Cum advice to the governor on the states he mentioned as belonging to opposition APC where anomalies has been the order of the day. APC will never stop crying foul

  • Idowu Sam Olushola

    one-day one-trouble!

  • Edward Osadebay

    Why would an elected governor be telling lies like this. It is the same PDP that is causing the problems in those states.

  • emmanuel

    What is worse than shutting down the Judicial Arm of a State for close to a year? Impunity?

    Conspiracy of silence?

  • Smith Scott

    APC always make any place they are defeated ungovernable for the winner.

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      Please tell us how many you know sir. Please remember that in both of the examples cited by Mr. Fayose APC is in the majority in the assembly. In fact in all case where this happens APC is in the majority. The majority are supposed to have their way, while the minority just have their say. The problems have been because the minority PDP in these states also want to have their way.

      • Smith Scott

        1. Nigeria made ungovernable by Buhari
        2. APC making Ekiti ungovernable for Fayose

  • Ayo Yussuff

    Sound Macabre ….but true…naija politic for u

  • paul preston

    wher are the apc lawmakers,must the state be shut down because they will not sit to attend to issues,what does the apc man has to say about the rivers state house of assembly whose meetings are not covered by the press only for press releases by the state commissioner of informatrion,that was how the budget was passed they sat in one day and passed the budget of ovwr 350bn naira and Oyegun have not seen anything wrong in that.Apc are bunch of dangerous hypocrites.They cannot be trusted

  • me

    So Mr Fayose, because someone is bad is a good excuse for you to follow suit? Why can’t you be reasonable for once?
    Shame.