Embattled Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Honourable Albert Adewale Omirin, on Thursday vowed that his 19-strong member are set to return to Ado-Ekiti, the state capital and prepared to be killed by the Ayodele Fayose-led government.
The assembly is currently embroiled in crisis, leading to division into two, with Omirin leading majority members, all comprising All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers, while the second group, in support of state government, has just seven members.
Latest report indicates that the seven members sat in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, elected both speaker, deputy speaker and swore them in, as Omirin, accompanied by 18 others, including his deputy, majority leaders, among others, addressed a press conference in Lagos, to let the world know the situation of things in the state.
Omirin, who reiterated that he remained the Speaker, described recent occurrence in Ekiti State as illegality,. “We are going to fight with law, we are not running from Ekiti. We want him to kill one of us.
“We are going back to Ekiti. What we are doing here in Lagos is to let the whole world know what is happening in Ekiti State.”
The Speaker, who said the state Commissioner of Police was already tired of incessant crisis rocking the state and was seeking a transfer having become helpless, demanded, however, that Governor Fayose should be held responsible should anything untoward happen to any of his lawmakers.
“If anything should happen to any of us, attention should focus on Fayose, because he has said that by the time three of us are killed, we would all toe his line,” he said.
Reacting to the new development in the state, Omirin said: “My attention has just been drawn to happenings in the state.
“I want to tell you I remain the Speaker of Ekiti House of Assembly by mandate given to me by my colleagues in the assembly. As a matter of fact, what they are doing today is illegality.
“I can only be removed by 18 members, not 17.5 members. You can see the level of impunity encouraged by Fayose. You can see the maximum rule going on in Ekiti.”
Speaking on the issue, the Deputy Speaker, Honourable Adetunji Taiwo Orisalade, also painted a gory picture of happenings in the parliament.
According to him, the governor had since ordered withdrawal of aides of both the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, frozen the account of the assembly, blocked its entrance with thugs, among others.
Orisalade, who described Governor Fayose as a maximum ruler, however, said what the government had done in the confirmation of Commissioner for Finance and screening of Local Government Caretaker Committee members through the minority seven members remained an illegality.