Gboyega Aribisogan, the embattled Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly (EKHA), says his impeachment was illegally carried out at 6 am by a few members of the parliament.
Mr Aribisogan who was impeached on Monday disclosed this during a “Fact File” on Raypower FM on Thursday morning.
He said the impeachment was illegal as it was carried out at 6 am early hours on Monday during a plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Hakeem Jamiu.
According to Aribisogan, he didn’t call for any plenary on Monday, saying only the Speaker can send a notification to members of the House for plenary in line with the Standing Order of the Ekiti Assembly.
Mr Aribisogan also accused former governor Kayode Fayemi of being the mastermind of the illegal impeachment.
He said Mr Fayemi had called the members of the House for a meeting to install Mrs Olubunmi Adelugba as the Speaker after the demise of the late Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye.
“There was no agreement to zone the Speaker anywhere. Former governor Fayemi and the party chairman invited us to a meeting where he asked us to install Mrs Olubunmi Adelugba as the Speaker.
“I rose up at the meeting and said they should allow the members to elect their leader who will be the Speaker of Ekiti State, not the APC Speaker according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.
“The members left the meeting and produced me as the Speaker when the election was conducted on the floor of the House.
“A day later, police took over the Assembly on the premise that some thugs were coming to attack the complex. They prevented me and some other members from entering the House,” he added.
Reacting to the development that former governor Fayemi had denied involvement, Mr Aribisogan said his denial shows that Mr Fayemi is not a true democrat.
He said he remained the Speaker of EKHA and would soon be challenging the illegal impeachment in court.
“I challenge the lawmakers to come out with the video clip of the impeachment process showing that were 17 as claimed. They were only 7, not 17,” he said.
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