Written by Stephen Gbadamosi
The crisis rocking the Ekiti State House of Assembly, appeared to have deepened on Monday, as the leader of the pro-impeachment lawmakers, Honourable Bisi Kolawole, insisted that the House leadership must change.
Kolawole, who represents Efon Constituency in the House, spoke with journalists on telephone from his Efon Alaaye home on Monday.
The deputy speaker of the House, Honourable Saliu Adeoti, however, described the report of the impeachment move against the speaker, Honourable Tunji Odeyemi, as untrue, maintaining that the speaker had not breached any law to warrant his impeachment.
Some aggrieved members of the legislature were said to have been making moves to impeach Odeyemi, allegedly for offences including failure to hold a plenary session since the beginning of the year.
It was also learnt that three contenders for the office of the speaker had been thrown up. These include the immediate past speaker, Honourable Femi Bamisile; member representing Ise/Orun Constituency, Honourable Adeolu Aluko; and the chairman, House Committee on Information and Sports, Honourable Adebayo Morakinyo.
Honourable Kolawole, who linked the crisis in the House to the 79 days the speaker spent in acting capacity during the governorship rerun election in the state, said, “the situation is still on, you wake up on daily basis and get very annoyed about where and what is happening in Ekiti State today. I don’t have any regret partaking in the move to change the leadership in the House.”
He, however, added that things would have changed in the House before now, but for the state governor, Mr. Segun Oni, who always wanted peace.
“The only problem is that the governor always wants peace in the state; he doesn’t want negative publicity. But the question is: When will Ekiti State not continue to have negative publicity? The money and resources are no longer there, while the reserve has been looted or mismanaged, at least, to use a mild word.