Ekiti Assembly Crisis: “Speaker” named by minority slams APC lawmakers over sitting claim

The Ekiti House of Assembly member, who has usurped the position of speaker after minority members claimed to have elected him, has described a claim by assembly’s majority All Progressives Congress, APC, members that he has been suspended as “comedy of the festive season”.

Dele Olugbemi, who was “elected” by six members and has since claimed to be the speaker, dismissed the claim by 19 APC members that they sat in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Friday, and sanctioned him.

The APC lawmakers had announced that they sat and suspended Mr. Olugbemi and the other PDP members in the House.

The APC lawmakers led by the Speaker, Adewale Omirin, held a plenary session in an unknown venue during which Mr. Olugbemi and the six Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members of the House, loyal to him, were suspended.

Crisis had erupted in the House on November 20 when seven PDP lawmakers, amid tight security provided by the police, sat and elected Mr. Olugbemi as Speaker and Abeni Olayinka as his deputy.

They also approved some appointments made by the governor, Ayo Fayose, who is a member of the PDP.

The seven members sat while the 19 APC members, including Mr. Omirin and his deputy, Adetunji Orisalade, were in Lagos.

In a statement on Friday, Mr. Olugbemi, said no sitting of the legislature took place today.

“The APC lawmakers could have met at a beer parlour in Ikoyi, Lagos or Osogbo, in Osun State,” he said.

He said it was only a group of “clowns” that would gather at a hotel, consume several bottles of beer and later send pictures of purported sitting as members of Ekiti State House of Assembly to the press.

While urging Ekiti people to ignore the APC lawmakers, Mr. Olugbemi said: “They are in court, challenging the removal of Adewale Omirin as the Speaker and it is commonsensical that they allow the court to adjudicate.”

He argued that if the APC legislators really wanted to take their job seriously, they should have returned to the Ekiti State instead of running from one hotel to another in Lagos and Osun States.

“The APC lawmakers are behaving like the clowns that they are and one cannot but pity them,” he said.

“The hallowed chamber of the Ekiti State House of Assembly is the only venue for the sitting of the State House of Assembly and those meeting in hotels and paraga joints in Lagos and Osun States should know that they are just advertising their collective idiocy.”

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