By GBENGA ARIYIBI
ADO EKITI—The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Adewale Omirin, has assured that the House was not contemplating the suspension of the two Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers in the Assembly.
Omirin was apparently reacting to an alarm raised by the Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo that the House has finalised an arrangement to suspend two members of his party, Bunmi Oriowo and Bamidele Ajibola in the House over alleged release of documents to PDP to prosecute the party’s case against the State Independent Electoral Commission.
The Speaker, however, did not mince words that the action of the two PDP was unparliamentary and none of the 24 ACN members in the Assembly was plotting against them.
Omirin noted that the House was made up of people with integrity and good record who will not become a rubber stamp that can be rail-roaded into taking any action by the executive .
He said: “This is a very curious information. I just read it in the newspapers this morning that we are plotting to suspend the PDP members in the House for allegedly releasing the curriculum vitae of the SIEC members for the PDP to prosecute its case where it got unfavourable judgment.
“To us, this is a figment of their imaginations. Nobody ever mooted the idea and we will never consider such step. The PDP members engaged in unparliamentary conduct by releasing these documents but this will not force us to deprive them of their rights as members of the Assembly.”
Omirin further noted that the PDP lawmakers had never been discriminated against as members of the opposition and that they will continue to maintain such good relationship as citizens of the state , but with restraint.
“When we (Lawmakers) travelled to South Africa, we all went together without leaving behind the two PDP members. Aside this, the two members are principal officers in the House. One is minority leader and the other one minority whip unlike what happened in Kwara State House of Assembly where the two ACN members were deprived of such privileges.
“Though, as members of the Assembly, it is their constitutional rights to enjoy all privileges, but when politics is involved , such privilege could be withdrawn the way it happened to Mr. Kola Fakiyesi, a former Assembly and Alliance for Democracy member in the past.”