Ex-speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Adewale Omirin, has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, dominated assembly in the state of trying to blackmail him by making his secret letter to the assembly public.
Omirin, added that Governor Fayose and the Speaker, Hon Kola Oluwawole, as well as the Clerk of the assembly, Mr. Tola Esan, had a fore-knowledge of the letter he wrote, requesting for the reversal of his impeachment.
According to him, in a letter dated October 15, 2015 and addressed to the Speaker of the Assembly, he asked the assembly to revert his November 20, 2014 impeachment and restore all his privileges and rights.
He also called on the assembly to obliterate the records of the factional speaker, Hon Dele Olugbemi, describing his emergence as a great constitutional infraction that should not be contemplated under a democratic setting.
The former speaker who spoke in Ado Ekiti during a visit to the Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said he had earlier been advised by top members of the APC to go to court on the issue, following which he instructed his lawyer to contact the Clerk of the assembly to request for the hansard of November, 20, 2014, when the impeachment was carried out.
The Publicity Secretary of the APC and ex-deputy Speaker of the House, Hon Taiwo Olatunbosun, who spoke on behalf of the party, described the assembly’s action as not only demeaning, but confirming the widespread insinuation that members were being tele-guided by the executive arm.
Omirin alleged that the House, which saw the coming litigation as too diversionary to the current assembly agreed to begin a process of reversing the impeachment through legislative procedure, which compelled him to write the letter as instrument for the House to work with.
“The rejection of my letter was petty. It confirmed that the Assembly members don’t have the minds of their own. I had decided not to join issues with the Assembly, because I couldn’t afford to cast aspersion on the same House I once presided over and led members to pass 72 bills into laws.
“Making my letter public was a clear case of blackmail. The governor, Speaker and the Clerk were aware of my letter. It was the Clerk that called me and said my impeachment could be reversed and that I should write a letter, rather than going to court.
“I know that my letter could not have been made public by Hon. Oluwawole without consulting with Governor Fayose. So, it was an attempt to frame me up”, he alleged.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon Gboyega Aribisogan, who responded to Omirin’s diatribe said: “as far as this House is concerned, no discussion took place between Omirin and Governor Fayose, the speaker and the Clerk before the letter was brought to the Assembly.
“What the House did was to react to the letter we deliberated upon and which we published and this should not be mistaken as a blackmail.
We don’t want the matter to be subjected to rumour and the letter is a document of the House and we can do whatever we like with it.
“We have deliberated in this House that whatever happens in the Assembly should be made known to the electorate. So, the issue of blackmail being raised was a figment of his own imagination and a lie from an unrepentant liar”.