Seven Ekiti lawmakers out of 26 members who make up the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Thursday, replaced the impeached Speaker, Adewale Omirin, in a continuing drama that has again sparked off strong reactions on the political twists and turns that has trailed Governor Ayo Fayose’s victory in the June 21 Ekiti governorship elections.
The impeachment of the Speaker and his deputy, Adetunji Orisalade both members of the major opposition party APC, was made a close door affair as journalists were barred from covering the session, amid heavy security presence.
Dele Odugbemi and Abeni Olayinka, the new speaker and deputy were former members of the All People’s Congress (APC) who abandoned the party for the ruling People’s Democratic Party on October 16, during inauguration ceremony of Governor Fayose, who defeated the incumbent Dr. Kayode Fayemi, with a wide magin that has remained a puzzle to political observers.
The Daily Trust reports that “Journalists, who had arrived the complex as early as 9am were sent back at the entrance of the press gallery by the Chief Security Officer of the assembly.”
The CSO according to the report said he was “directed not to allow anybody to enter.”
Reacting to the closure of his filling station in the Ado-Ekiti capital, shortly after Governor Fayose’s was sworn into office in October, the impeached Speaker accused Fayose of intimidation and harrassment, which he claimed was an attempt to coerce him into becoming a PDP member.
Dr. Omirin insisted that he would not betray the people who voted him into office on the platform of the APC, which until the June 21 election had enjoyed a huge following from the Ekiti state electorate.
The impeached Speaker has decribed his removal bu the seven lawmakers as illegal, stating that he remains the Speaker.
According to him, the Ekiti state governor, “Fayose is fast becoming a maximum ruler and this cannot stand”.
Dr. Omirin revealed that he and the other 18 APC lawmakers have left Ekiti for security reasons because the place is not safe for them.