Political Crisis May Tear Ekiti Aprt As Fayose Adopts Jungle Governance-A major power-tussle has brewed in Ekiti State with seven members of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) in House of Assembly on Monday morning removed the House Speaker, and installing a PDP member as a replacement.
The State government confirmed the impeachment but claimed the action was only a day affair , claiming that what happened was a temporary measure of mandating nine lawmakers out of 26 to sit and and elect a Speaker Plenipotentiary to preside over the business of the day.
That business as referred to was the approval of commissioner nominees, special advisers and local government caretaker committees for the local government areas in the state.
There are 26 members in the House and 19, including the substantive speaker was edged off their seats from the Assembly complex on Monday as nine members were ushered into the main Hall of the Assembly by armed Policemen acting on the Governor’s order as a furore between the House Speaker and Governor Ayodele Fayoshe developed to an open confrontation and power grabbing in a power muscle-flexing stance.
The jungle law application has been defended as being lawful Ekiti State government has reacted claiming the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adewale Omirin was not removed as reported.
In a brief statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Idown Adelusi, it was claimed that all that happened was that nine lawmakers were mandated to sit and elect a Speaker Plenipotentiary to preside over the business of the day.
According to the statement, the referred business of the day was the approval of commissioner nominees, special advisers and local government caretaker committees for the local government areas in the state.
“There are 26 members in the House and the House standing order allows a quorum of 9 members to sit and appoint speaker plenipotentiary to preside.
“So, what transpired in the House is within the law.
The statement however accused All Progressive Congress political party (APC)of hypocrisy drawing a parity with staes controlled by the party: “APC are only being hypocritical. We know what is happening in APC-controlled state of Edo.
“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”, the statement said.