fayoseNineteen All Progressives Congress, APC lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, led by Dr. Adewale Omirin, have asked the State Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to setup a panel to investigate the allegations they raised in the impeachment notice to Governor Ayodele Fayose.
In a statement issued by the Special Adviser, Media, to the Speaker, Mr. Wole Olujobi, yesterday, the lawmakers said that they took the decision at a special sitting held at Mary Hills Boys High School, in Ado-Ekiti.
The legislators said they relied on Section 101 of the 1999 Constitution as amended which empowers the Assembly to regulate their sittings, including sitting in a public building within the state capital if conditions exist in the hallowed chamber that endanger their lives.
But, the Chief Registrar, Ekiti State Judiciary, Mr. Obafemi Fasanmi, denied receiving any letter from the lawmakers on the issue.
According to him, he was not aware, adding that he needed time to confirm it from the Chief Judge.
He said: “I was in the office today (yesterday), no such letter was received.”
The governor’s spokesman on Public Communications, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said no sitting of Assembly was held yesterday.
Olayinka said the Assembly was on recess, adding that, “No sitting of the House is taking place. The House is at present on recess.” He urged the people to disregard the information being circulated by the APC that its lawmakers were sitting somewhere in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
According to him, members of the Assembly could gather anywhere in the world to have social or political meetings, but parliamentary business is done in the hallowed chamber of the House of Assembly.
Omirin, who claimed to be the Speaker of the Assembly, was impeached on November 20, 2014 and he is in court, challenging his removal.
Majority Leader of the House, Churchill Adedipe, Irepodun/Ifelodun Constituency One, explained that the sitting ought to have taken place in the hallowed chamber on April 7, 2015 but members were waylaid by thugs who mounted roadblocks and threatened their lives with dangerous weapons, thereby making them to abandon going to the Assembly for legislative duties.
Relying on Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Adedipe moved the motion empowering the Chief Judge to setup the panel.
His motion was seconded by the Deputy Speaker, Adetunji Orisalade, representing Ido/Osi Constituency Two.
After debates, the lawmakers unanimously supported the motion directing the Chief Judge to setup the probe panel.
The seven-man penal to be constituted by the Chief Judge within seven days of receipt of the letter, will investigate Governor Fayose and Deputy Governor, Olusola Kolapo Eleka over allegations of gross misconduct raised in the impeachment notice.
Omirin allegedly presided over the sitting but investigations by Nigerian Pilot at the purported venue, showed that nothing of such happened.
Meanwhile, Omirin and his 18 co-travellers have filed a notice of discontinuance of the suit they instituted against seven Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP lawmakers, who are loyal to Fayose.
No reasons were given in the notice of the discontinuance filed on April 7, 2015 and signed by the all APC lawmakers before Justice Saliu Saidu.
Part of the notice reads; “Take notice that the plaintiffs do hereby wholly discontinue suit number FHC/CS/1823/14.”
The APC lawmakers who signed the notice are the embattled Deputy Speaker, Orisalede Adetunji Taiwo, Adedipe Churchill Olubunmi, Ajaiyi Isaac Adebowale Alabi Olajide Idowu, Fasakin Kayode Ajayi, Ogundele Gabriel Folorunso, Oriniowo Olubunmi Anike, and Ogunlola Olubunmi Omowunmi.
Others includes; Honourable Adu Clement Sunday, Honourable Agidi Peter, Oguniride Ojo Olasheinde, Odu Ayodele Olurotimi, Erinle Samuel Olusegun, Shittu Ahmed Oluwaseyi, Daramola Israel Oluyomi, Olabode Odebunmi Gbenga, and Boluwade Bolics Kehinde.
Omirin and other APC lawmakers have dragged the state governor, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, the seven PDP lawmakers, which include, Dele Olugbemi, Samuel Ajibola, Adeojo Alexander, Adeloye Adeyinka, Isreal Olowo Ajiboye, Honourable Fatunbi Olajide, and Olayinka Abeni, the Department of State Security, DSS, Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi, Mr. Kayode Oso, and Chief Toyin Ojo, seeking to nullify the speaker’s purported impeachment on November 20, 2014.
The APC lawmakers had approached the a Federal High Court in Lagos seeking to nullify their impeachment by the seven PDP lawmakers.
In the application, Omirin and other APC lawmakers sought for an order restraining Dele Odugbemi, and Olayinka Abeni from parading themselves or otherwise acting in the capacity of Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively of the Ekiti State House of Assembly as same is illegal, unconstitutional and ultra vires pending the determination of the suit filed before the court motion.
In the suit, the plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional obligations were directly being affected for as long as the infraction in the House is permitted to continue.
APC lawmakers abusing Buhari’s victory
Meanwhile, a Lagos-based human rights activist and Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, has accused the APC legislators of cashing in on the victory of President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to cause problems in Ekiti State.
The group called on APC and Buhari to call the lawmakers to order and stop the orchestrated ongoing political violence in the state which had led to the killing of one Modupe Olaiya.
He said that APC orchestrated the crisis in the state as a result of Buhari’s victory in the last presidential election, stressing that it would not augur well for his new administration to inherit any man-made political crisis in any state of the federation.
In a statement he made available to newsmen in Lagos yesterday, Sulaiman condemned “Gen. Buhari’s “siddon look style” over the mindboggling political crisis rocking the state over an alleged impeachment plot by the APC lawmakers.
CHRSJ boss, who described Buhari’s inability to control his members as his weakness in both public and private life, added that he might not be able to rule the country well in years to come.

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