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APC Clears Air on House of Assembly Crisis in Ekiti

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ekiti State Hon. Paul Omotosho has denied the accusation that members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly were arm-twisted to impose Hon. Bunmi Adelugba as speaker.

17 out of the 25 members had during the early hours of Monday, impeached the Speaker, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan and the elected lawmaker representing Emure constituency, Hon. Bunmi Adelugba, thereby making her the first female speaker in Ekiti’s history.

Addressing newsmen after receiving the speaker and fifteen other lawmakers, APC Chairman, Hon. Omotosho said neither former Governor Kayode Fayemi nor any leader of the party interfered in the assembly affair as speculated.

Lawmakers present included: Hon. Toyin Lucas (Ado 1) Femi Akindele (Irepodun-Ifelodun 1), Hon. Teju Okuyiga(Gbonyin), Hon. Ayodeji Ajayi (ise/orun), Hon.  Lateef Akanle(Ekiti East 2), Hon. Arugbo(Moba 2), Hon. Babatunde Fawekun(Ido/Osi 1) Hon. Babatunde Joseph(Ekiti Southwest 2), Hon. Ademola Ojo(Ijero), Hon.  Adeoye Aribasoye(Ikole constituency 2).

Others are; Hon Akin Oso(Ido/Osi 1), Hon. Reuben Awoyemi(Oye 2), Hon. Tunde Idowu(Ikere 2), Hon. Bode Oyekola(Ekiti West 2), the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Hakeem Jamiu, and the new Speaker, Hon Adelugba.

Addressing Journalists during the visit, Hon. Adelugba appreciated the party for not allowing its name to be dragged in the mud despite the tension elicited by the power tussle in the lawmaking chambers.

Adelugba said what transpired at the assembly was the indefinite suspension of Aribisogan and six other lawmakers, for allegedly sabotaging the passage of the revised 2022 supplementary budget presented by the executive. 

The lawmaker disclosed that all the standing committees of the House had been dismantled, while a new Leader of Government Business, Hon. Bode Oyekola, was elected to pilot the affairs of the House.

She said the assembly is ready to pardon as many of them that are ready to join her.

Meanwhile, the impeached speaker, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan has described his impeachment as illegal adding that he remains the authentic speaker. 

Kayode Joseph

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