How Ex-Gov Kayode Fayemi’s Loyalist, Bunmi Adelugba, Emerged Ekiti New Assembly Speaker
Bunmi Adelugba was on Monday, elected the new Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly.
Bunmi Adelugba Emerges Ekiti Assembly Speaker
This followed the impeachment and indefinite suspension of the former speaker, Gboyega Aribisogan by members of the assembly.
Adelugba is a loyalist of the immediate past governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi.
Seventeen out of the 25 members impeached Aribisogan and elected Adelugba.
The Assembly Complex had been sealed as members were embroiled in a controversy following the death of the former speaker, Funminiyi Afuye.
66-year-old Afuye died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital on October 19 after suffering cardiac arrest.
A month after his demise, the parliament held an election, and Aribisogan, who is the representative of Ikole 1 Constituency in the Assembly and a two-term lawmaker, emerged.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Aribisogan accused Fayemi of working with members of the state legislature to impeach him.
“The majority of members of Assembly voted for me but few of them who felt perhaps I did not follow the directive of the former governor, Dr. Fayemi, thought that they would make the state ungovernable for even the administration,” Aribisogan said last night.
“I didn’t have any quarrel with him (Fayemi). I sent a message to him even last night asking, ‘What is happening? Am I no longer one of your loyalists? Why did you not congratulate me?’
“Up till now that I’m speaking with you, he has not done anything. Otherwise, he has been going around calling our members to go and impeach me tomorrow. That is the truth.”
In other news, Kanyi Daily reported that the presidential bid of Peter Obi received a boost on Sunday following the official endorsement of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide for the Labour Party’s candidate.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide endorsed Obi in a statement it released on Sunday night.
The Igbo body said the former Anambra governor represented “Nigerian conscience, moral probity, generational hope, redemption epiphany, and above all, the Igbo collective unconscious.”