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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fayose’s impeachment: Factional speaker threatens APC lawmakers

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Ado Ekiti—The factional Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Dele Olugbemi, has raised the alarm that his All Progressives Congress, APC, colleagues in the House are working tirelessly with outsiders  to ensure that a state of emergency is declared in Ekiti State.

Ayodele-FayoseOlugbemi told newsmen in Ado Ekiti yesterday at a press briefing that the APC lawmakers have a ‘Plan B’ against the governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, should the move to impeach him fail.

Olugbemi, who boasted of being a member of the Odua People’s Congress, OPC, said there was no where in the constitution of Nigeria where it was stated that persons can not belong to voluntary organizations or practice traditional medicine.

In his reaction, Dr Adewale Omirin, through his media assistant, Wole Olujobi, told Vanguard: ‘’All these things Dele Olugbemi is saying are not true. Nobody is planning anything to instigate a state of emergency.

‘’Olugbemi is barely educated and so he knows little about  representative governance. It is good that he confessed that he is a member of a militia group, OPC, that thrives in arbitrariness and mob tactics in resolving issues.

‘’That is what he has been demonstrating and Governor Fayose was so impressed because they are the same.

‘’That is why the governor baptised him with the name of Ekiti State House of Assembly Speaker and he is so happy to be so called without acting the character of a Speaker.

‘’How does a party that is not in power instigate action or actions that will lead to a declaration of a state of emergency? Olugbemi is acting loud, calling public attention to himself.

‘’ This is a man who on a live television programme last week castigated Fayose for running a one-man-show government and virtually asking Ekiti people to warn the governor to change his style.

‘’ I will advise that Olugbemi be ignored because he is an unstable character who in one minute is befriending you and the next moment he turns your enemy. ‘’

Olugbemi who allegedly emerged the Speaker of the House last year November after the seven PDP members claimed to have impeached  Omirin, said his APC counterparts in the House are working in concert with certain politicians in both Osun and Lagos States, adding that they have made an overture to him to dump Fayose and support the 19 APC lawmakers in their bid to impeach the governor.

The lawmaker, however, stressed that he and the other six PDP lawmakers in the House   have promised to sink or survive with Fayose since they are convinced that he is for the masses
Olugbemi, who warned that no group of people or politicians would be allowed   to plunge the state into chaos, disclosed that he had accepted to play along with the APC group by holding nocturnal meetings with them in Lagos.

“They want me to turn my back against Fayose by thinking I would resign my current status as Speaker so that their man, Dr. Adewale Omirin, could automatically step in as Acting-Governor immediately the governor is removed, and I will retain my position as Speaker.

“But I, along with my other patriotic colleagues on the side of truth and justice have vowed that we will rather sail or sink with Fayose, whose interest we are ready to defend with the last drop of our blood,” he said.

The factional Speaker, therefore,  warned that both the APC lawmakers including their sponsors would be in trouble should they go ahead with their planned impeachment or any other anti-democratic move that would not make him complete his four-year term.

He also insisted that Omirin was no longer Speaker of the Assembly, having been impeached and his impeachment challenged at a Lagos Court, declaring that the status quo remained whether or not the suit he instituted in court to challenge his removal had been withdrawn or not.

The move by the 19 APC lawmakers in Ekiti State House   of Assembly to impeach the state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose and his Deputy, Dr Kolapo Olubunmi Olusola may have suffered a temporary setback.

The lawmakers, through the embattled Speaker, Hon Omirin, had announced through a letter sent to the Chief Judge of the State last week, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to set up a seven member panel to investigate allegation of gross misconduct against the governor, Mr Fayose and his Deputy.

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