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Adelugba takes over as Ekiti Assembly sacks Speaker

Gboyega Aribisogan, the speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, has been dismissed by the house.

On Monday, barely six days after taking office, Aribisogan was removed from his position as Speaker in favor of Olubunmi Adelugba.Information Guide Nigeria

A new Speaker was chosen after the Speaker was impeached by 17 of the 25 members.

After the death of the former Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, members became entangled in a scandal, leading to the sealing of the Assembly Complex.

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On October 19, Afuye, age 66, passed away from cardiac arrest at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.

After his passing, the legislature held elections, and Aribisogan, a two-term politician and the assembly representative for Ikole 1 Constituency, won.JAMB portal

Former governor Kayode Fayemi was accused by Aribisogan of supporting lawmakers’ attempts to remove him from office.

The troubled speaker claimed during an appearance on the Channels TV program “Sunday Politics” that the former governor had opposed his election because he thought the speaker was a traitor.

He stated that a few members who support Fayemi have prepared a strategy to remove him from office on Monday (today) during plenary.

With 15 votes to defeat his challenger, Bunmi Adelugba, the former head of government business won the position of speaker. He said that since his election, events in the assembly had been orchestrated to unseat him and install Adelugba.

Aribisogan, in his TV interview on Sunday, said, “When Fayemi called us to his residence and said he wanted us to support Hon Adelugba, I stood up to say that could not be done by fiat or by imposition; that we had leaders that we had to consult and that we would get back to them. Ordinarily, we should be looking at the constitution and the standing order of the House.”

He said he still tried to reach Fayemi through a text message on Saturday night, saying, “Up till now, he has not done anything on it, but he has been calling our members to go and impeach me tomorrow (Monday). As I speak with you, seven of our members are locked up in a guest house in Ado Ekiti in cahoots with some of his former aides.NYSC portal

“They don’t want democratic processes to take place in the Assembly and these people are even with arms, saying they are going to assassinate the speaker and take over the place tomorrow (Monday) morning.

“Majority of the members of the Assembly voted for me, but a few of them, who felt that perhaps I did not follow the directive of the former governor of the state, felt that they would make the place ungovernable for my administration.”

The Speaker said, “The Special Adviser on Political Matters to Governor Biodun Oyebanji assured that the government was looking into it and that there would be amicable resolution until about 24 hours ago when we began to see that some clandestine moves are being made to invade the House of Assembly on Monday morning.

“I want prominent people in Ekiti State like Aare Afe Babalola, Chief Wole Olanipekun and Femi Falana and all our traditional rulers to be on the lookout and save democracy in Ekiti State.

The Special Adviser to Governor Oyebanji on Media, Yinka Oyebode, who spoke on the programme, ruled out chaos in the Assembly.

He said, “I will assure you there won’t be breakdown of law and order on Monday because the governor is in touch with all the warring factions to ensure that they reconcile amicably their differences. I believe that we have absolute confidence in the leadership of the House. They have been there for almost three and half years and it has been rancour-free.”JAMB Result

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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