Kayode Fayemi Slamed With N1m Fine – Ekiti Assembly

The Ekiti state House of Assembly on Tuesday, April 11 slammed a fine of N1 million on former Governor Kayode Fayemi. The fine was imposed on the former governor for refusing to honor three invitations by the lawmakers.

The fine was imposed as a result of the resolutions reached by the lawmakers at their plenary on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti.

Report says that Fayemi, currently the minister of Solid Minerals Development under President Muhammadu Buhari, has been in a running battle with the government of Ekiti state as well as its House of Assembly.

Yinka Oyebode, the spokesperson of the minister did not take his call when NAIJ.com contacted him. However, Fayemi had earlier said he was not prepared to respond to all the antics of Ekiti state Governor Ayodele Fayose, who is his successor in office. Reacting to Fayose’s allegations in various fora that the minister was working with some justices of the Supreme Court to sack him via a review of the ruling of the apex court, Dr Fayemi told journalists in Ado-Ekiti that he would rather not comment.

“You know that I would never join issues with Governor Fayose. He is entitled to his opinion and he is free to entertain himself, so let him continue to entertain himself. At the appropriate time, he would meet his comeuppance.

“I don’t belong in the mud, so he cannot drag me to the mud. Truth is always constant and I know posterity is there to judge,” he added.

 

 

Source: Naij

 

Ekiti Lawmakers Incur Fayose’s Wrath For Meeting With Opponents

Ekiti State House of Assembly Deputy Speaker Olusegun Adewumi and Information Committee Chairman Gboyega Aribisogan may have run into trouble for allegedly meeting with those perceived as enemies of Governor Ayo Fayose, it was learnt yesterday.

They were accused of meeting with Senator Buruji Kashamu, former Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary Temitope Aluko, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, activist, lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) and a new entrant into Ekiti All Progressives Congress (APC) Yinka Akerele last Saturday in Lagos.

Adewumi, who represents Ekiti West Constituency I, was said to have been impeached on Fayose’s alleged order at plenary and replaced with Ekundayo Akinleye representing Ijero Constituency.

Aribisogan, who represents Ikole Constituency I, was said to have been suspended at the session.

The plenary was yet to hold by noon when reporters visited the assembly, but the lawmakers led by Speaker Kola Oluwawole, were said to be meeting with Fayose at press time.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti is polarised. The faction loyal to Fayose has Gboyega Oguntuase as chairman; the other faction loyal to Kashamu is led by Williams Ajayi.

Fayose and Kashamu, who used to be allies are now battling for PDP soul in the Southwest. Adewumi could not be reached for comment but Aribisogan denied being suspended.

Aribisogan, who spoke on phone, claimed that he was in Abuja. He said he had not committed any offence to warrant suspension.

Speaker Oluwawole debunked insinuations of a leadership crisis in the Assembly, saying whatever might have happened at plenary was a “family affair.”

Oluwawole said: “Nothing of such happened. I am not aware of any impeachment or suspension plot. The Deputy Speaker is still there as my deputy.

NASS Visits Ekiti Over Alleged DSS Invasion

The Fact-finding Joint Committee of the National Assembly, on Tuesday evening visited Ekiti State to investigate the alleged invasion of the Ekiti State House of Assembly by men of the Department of State Services and arrested a lawmaker, Hon. Afolabi Akanni.

The Committee, co-chaired by the Chairman, Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence , Senator Shabba Lafiagi and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Jaji, promised
to do justice in the contentious issue that had generated divergent opinions across the country.

Other members of the committee include: Hon Mrs Azodo Eucharia, Hon John Dyegh, Senator Paulker Emmanuel, Senator Laah Danjuma, Hon Diri Douye and Hon Isa Hassan.

As part of the fact-finding mission, the Committee visited the Speaker , House of Assembly, Hon Kola Oluwawole, Director of DSS in Ekiti, Mr. Andrew Iorkay and the Commissioner of Police, Mr Etop James.

It later paid a courtesy call on the governor of the State, Mr Ayodele Fayose.

Addressing journalists, Senator Lafiagi said the National Assembly was deeply concerned about the event and the image it had created for the country.

“To let you know the level of our concerns, the two chambers
simultaneously passed resolutions that we have to probe the alleged invasion of the Assembly by DSS to unravel what actually transpired.

We immediately set up a joint committee to visit Ekiti and that is why we are here.

“We have no terms of reference because we may like to interact with stakeholders more than once. After we leave now, there may be more issues and this will mean that we have to come down again to serve justice, so that is why we are not giving a dead line,” he said.

Senator Lafiagi disclosed that the committee had interacted with all the critical stakeholders and extracted useful information from them to guide them on how to turn in their report to the National Assembly.

Fayose, who commended the National Assembly for its swift action to quench the raging flame enveloping the state, urged the committee to do justice in national interest.

“I appreciate you for taking time to interact with the stakeholders.

Your patriotism is quite commendable. But we want you to be thorough in the interest of Nigeria.

“I have promised never to interfere with your job that is why I didn’t ask the committee question. But I have unflinching confidence in your personalities and all we want is justice and nothing more.”

During the committee’s visit to the Assembly, Oluwawole blamed the crisis on evil plots of disgruntled former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members who had defected to the All Progressives Congress and were working with the Federal Government to destabilize the government of Ekiti State.

Presenting the assembly’s position paper, chronicling the genesis of the bedlam rocking the House, Oluwawole recounted that : “the invasion of the House of Assembly is also a violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Part 3, Section 331 (4).

He enjoined the committee to “intervene in this matter, with a view to preventing a re-occurrence of this ignoble act.

Oluwawole accused members of the PDP , who recently defected to the APC as being behind the arrests of state officials to rattle Fayose’s government.