Gbenga Ariyibi Ado Ekiti

The 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in Ekiti State House of Assembly have served Governor Ayo Fayose and his deputy,Dr Olusola Olubunmi Eleka, notice of gross misconduct.

The lawmakers, who left the state  last November after the purported impeachment of the Speaker, Hon Adewale Omirin, staged a come back on Wednesday after INEC pronounced General Muhammadu Buhari the president-elect, stormed the assembly and  hurriedly held a prayer session. 

The comeback came as the seven PDP lawmakers, led by factional Speaker, Hon Dele Olugbemi, held plenary in the House. When it was apparent that the face -off between the APC and PDP lawmakers could lead to the breaking down of law and order,the state Police Commissioner,Mr Taiwo Lakanu ordered his men to seal-off the House.

According to the letter, said to have been sent to the governor by the APC lawmakers,  titled, Re: Notice of Allegations of Gross Misconduct  , eight impeachable allegations were levelled against him.

These include invasion of the House of Assembly with thugs and micreants, instigating unconstitutional take over of the House by seven legislators to sit in contravention of Section 96(2) of the Constitution, prevention of 19 APC legislative members from performing legislative duties with the use of security agents and armed thugs and sponsoring an unlawful impeachment process in the House.

Responding, Fayose described the APC lawmakers as jesters.

The governor, who said he read the notice of the impeachment like any other person online, noted that Omirin has ceased being the Speaker of the House.

“The script being acted by the APC is a failed one because no one, no matter how highly placed will be allowed to test the will of Ekiti people,” he stated.

He said the purported impeachment notice was the “joke of the century”. “The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly is Hon Dele Olugbemi and not Dr Adewale Omirin”, he said.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said: “Omirin is already in court, challenging his impeachment and common sense dictates that when you are challenging an action already taken in court, you have accepted the consequences of such action pending the determination of the suit you filed.”

He explained that the APC lawmakers should stop advertising their ignorance and crudity in the market place by posting impeachment notice online.

“Since last year November, these so-called lawmakers abdicated their duties and ran to Lagos only for them to resurfaced on Wednesday, but they hurriedly ran away again.

“Now they are posting notice of impeachment signed on March 9, 2015 and Ekiti people are asking; was the motion for impeachment moved and adopted in Lagos or Osun State House of Assembly?

“Is impeachment of a governor done along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway inside a moving bus?

“Rather than going about advertising their ignorance and crudity, the APC lawmakers should wait for the court to adjudicate on the case they filed because even the President-Elect, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) will respect the rule of law when he assumes office.”

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