Ekiti Assembly Speaker, Aribisogan, impeached, Adelugba elected


Less than 24 hours after he sounded the alarm of his planned removal from office, the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Monday removed the Speaker, Gboyega Aribisogan.

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He was removed and suspended indefinitely by a majority of the House membership.

Olubunmi Adelugba was immediately elected in the stead of Aribisogan as the new Speaker.

Seventeen out of the 25 members removed 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 a live television programme on Sunday 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 Sunday 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 (today). That is the truth.”