…Accuses members of blackmailing him over 2019 ambition
The Chairman, House Committee on Information in the Ekiti Stat House of Assembly, Hon Gboyega Aribisogan, has denied the allegation of ganging up with those opposed to Governor Ayodele Fayose within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and beyond to derail the present administration.
Aribisogan said he had displayed unflinching loyalty and commitment as a member of Fayose’s political empire, even at the most difficult times, saying those peddling the rumour were not only plotting todivide the assembly, but have begun desperate moves for the 2019 elections.
It will be recalled that the Deputy Speaker, Hon Segun Adewumi and Aribisogan, narrowly escaped impeachment and subsequent suspensionon Tuesday for allegedly hobnobbing with Senator Buruji Kashamu, presidential Adviser on Political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and an eminent lawyer, Femi Falana, to heat up the polity and createatmosphere of crisis in the state.
Despite that the duo of Adewumi and Aribisogan, representing Ekiti West and Ikole constituencies 1 respectively, escaped being suspendedover the allegation, a source in the assembly confided in newsmen thatthe assembly members were still plotting to suspend the lawmakers.
They were also alleged to be fraternizing with the embattled PDP
secretary in Ekiti, Dr Tope Aluko , a former PDP Chieftain and now APC stalwart, Yinka Akerele and others to pull the government down.
At a press conference held in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Aribisogan
denied ever holding any meeting with Senator Buruji and other
suspected enemies of the government, saying he would never betray the confidence reposed in him by the governor.
He accused a particular lawmaker of causing crisis of confidence
between him and the governor, in order to gain upper hand for the 2019elections Oye/Ikole federal constituency.
“Let me put on record here that except the time I accompanied Governor Fayose to Buruji in 2014 and recently when I met him in company of thegovernor, I never had any personal dealing with him.
“For Falana and Ojudu, I have been a major critic of their roles in
Ekiti project and they can never in their wildest imaginations invite
me to any clandestine meeting and they are all alive to corroborateor deny the claims.
“I am a steadfast and major critical stakeholder in Fayose’s emergencies Governor of Ekiti right from the primaries to the governmentallevel. I have repeatedly spoken about by absolute belief andcommitment in the government of Fayose and its policies, even at mostdifficult times and I can’t be a sellout at this time when the battleis presumed to have been won.
“On the other side, a particular lawmaker in the house was plotting to undermine Ikole constituency in the 2019 elections and he was behind the gossip, blackmail and intrigues in the House to cause a seriousrift between me and Mr Governor.
“I hereby want to reiterate and reaffirm my commitment and loyalty to His Excellency, Governor Fayose and the government of Ekiti State”, he said.