Ekiti State Assembly Speaker, Gboyega Aribisogan, has been impeached and suspended indefinitely by members of the Assembly.
Olubunmi Adelugba has now been elected as the new speaker. Seventeen out of the 25 members impeached the Speaker and elected a new one.
The Assembly Complex had been sealed as members were embroiled in a controversy following the death of the former speaker, Funminiyi Afuye.
66-year-old Afuye died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital on October 19 after suffering cardiac arrest.
A month after his demise, the parliament held an election and Aribisogan, who is the representative of Ikole 1 Constituency in the Assembly and a two-term lawmaker, emerged.
Aribisogan, on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, had accused the immediate past governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi of working with members of the state legislature to impeach him.
“The majority of members of Assembly voted for me but few of them who felt perhaps I did not follow the directive of the former governor, Dr Fayemi, thought that they would make the state ungovernable for even the administration,” Aribisogan said last night.
“I didn’t have any quarrel with him (Fayemi). I sent a message to him even last night asking, ‘What is happening? Am I no longer one of your loyalists? Why did you not congratulate me?’
“Up till now that I’m speaking with you, he has not done anything. Otherwise, he has been going around calling our members to go and impeach me tomorrow. That is the truth.”
Seven other members were suspended with Aribisogan
1. Gboyega Aribisogan
2. Tajudeen Akingbolu
3. Goke Olajide
4. Yemisi Ayokunle
5. Adeyemi Raphael Ajibade
6. Kemi Balogun
7. Tope Ogunleye
The new Leader of Business is Hon. Johnson Oyekola Bode- Adeoye (a k a JOBA) and the new Chairman of Appropriation is Hon. Lateef Akanle (Kongo).