The All Progressives Congress has raised an alarm over alleged acts of impunity in Ekiti State, where only seven members of the House of Assembly conducted a plenary on Monday morning.
The party in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by its spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, alleged that over 200 armed policemen are currently offering protection to the seven Peoples Democratic Party members of the House, who convened purposely to impeach the Speaker, approve the list of Commissioners-designate as well as the Caretaker Committees for the local councils in the state.
We had earlier reported that the seven PDP lawmakers on Monday impeached the substantive speaker, Dr. Wole Omirin and elected one of them as the new ‘speaker’ of the House.
However, reacting to allegation, Governor Ayo Fayose, in a statement by one of his Special Assistants, Lere Olayinka, claimed that nine members met and approved the appointment of local government caretaker committee members.
He said the House also confirmed the appointment of three commissioners and empowered the governor to appoint 12 Special Assistants. He, however, denied the impeachment of Mr. Omirin.
“Nine members of the House sat today (Monday). There are 26 members in the House and nine formed quorum and can still sit to take decisions. No impeachment of the Speaker”, he stressed.
But the Special Adviser to Hon. Omirin, Wole Olujobi, stated that the governor provided about 300 policemen escorted by armoured personnel carriers to lead seven members of the ruling PDP in the state to conduct a sitting in the House.
“House does not sit on Mondays. Mondays are for parliamentary. The seven members do not form a quorum to have legal right to sit in the plenary, which of course does not hold on Monday.
“By this action, Governor Fayose is dragging our state to the mud. Let us call Ekiti to verify this claim as policemen lay siege to the Assembly Complex”, Olujobi said.
The APC in its reaction to the unfolding political drama in Ekiti said, “The issue of the Caretaker Committees, which Governor Ayodele Fayose plans to swear in on Monday after the illegal approval by the House, is subjudice, hence the House cannot even discuss it not to talk of acting on it.
“Also, while the Governor was advised by the Clerk of the House that seven members out of 26 do not form a quorum, he said after all, only eight of 24 members in the Plateau House of Assembly impeached then Governor Joshua Dariye in 2006!”
” APC also warned that while a lot of unconstitutional and illegal activities have taken place under the PDP-led Federal Government, including the impeachment of then Governor Joshua Dariye of Plateau State by only eight out of 24 members of the State House of Assembly, any decision taken by only seven PDP members in the 26-member Ekiti House of Assembly will not stand”, the statement said.