The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria (CSSLN) yesterday said they still recognise Dr. Adewale Omirin as the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, noting that the mode of his impeachment was illegal and unconstitutional.
The Chairman of the conference, Hon. Sam Ikon who stated this in Abuja while addressing journalists during an interactive session of Civil Society Organisations and Speakers of State Houses of Assembly on “Constitution Amendment Bills awaiting passage” organised by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) stated that there is nowhere in the world where a lesser number can outweigh the higher number.
This, according to him, the conference is not partial and sentimental, adding that new speaker would have been recognised if the impeachment of Omirin had followed due process.
The embattled speaker of Ekiti, Dr. Adewale Omirin, said that the governor of the state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has deep hatred for him and other members of the House of Assembly who are from the All Progressives Council (APC).
Omirin, who said he is still the legally recognised speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, having been elected by members of the house, stated that seven members do not have the constitutional power to impeach him because such number did not constitute two third majority of the house.
He further stated that if coming back to Ekiti State will not be conducive for them, they would stay and legislate outside the state.
He added that he had earlier promised Governor Fayose that he and other APC members would work with him to move the state forward, “but it seems the governor is not ready for the progress of the state from his behaviour”.
The chairman of the Conference of Speakers had earlier stated that stated that the conference will ensure that the interest of the people will be protected in ratifying the resolutions of the National Assembly in the ongoing constitution review exercise. “Having learnt from previous exercise, we are resolute to join in bringing about people- oriented constitution for development of our country