By Gbenga Ariyibi
EKITIâ€”Governor Segun Oni of Ekiti State has absolved himself from the alleged plot to impeach the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Olatunji Odeyemi and his deputy, Mr Saliu Adeoti, saying the state executive does not meddle in the affairs of the legislativeÂ arm of government.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Wale Ojo – Lanre yesterday, the governor said the allegation was not only ridiculous but a figment of the imagination of some mischief makers.
His words; â€œOur attention has been drawn to a report in some newspapers, alleging that Governor Oni was sponsoring the impeachment of Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Olatunji Odeyemi and his deputy, Saliu Adeoti and replace them with his â€˜lackeys.â€™
â€œThe State House of Assembly, being a separate arm of government that is peopled with matured minds does not require his influence to run its affairs, this allegation to sane minds is not only ridiculous but a figment of the imagination of the warped minds of some elements whose stock in trade is mischief making.
â€œFor the avoidance of doubt, Ekiti State is among the few States in the country where the legislative arm of government enjoys full autonomy. This was made possible by the Oni-led government because of its belief in the separation of powers as provided for by the Constitution.
â€œWe, therefore, wish to state clearly that Governor Oni is not aware of any plot to remove the speaker and his deputy from office and that the governor, not being a lawmaker can never take part in the affairs of the House.â€
It would be recalled that aggrieved members of the House have accused Odeyemi ofÂ corruption,Â bias and favouritism in the running of the House. They equallyÂ accusedÂ OdeyemiÂ of inability to convene the HouseÂ parliamentary session for upward of six months.
Also, aÂ group operating under the aegis of the Movement for the Actualisation of Good Governance in Ekiti (MAGGIE) had accused the governor of being the brain behind the current crisis rocking the state House of Assembly.