Assembly Member Suspended In Ekiti

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has suspended a member of the house, Gboyega Aribisogan, indefinitely for demanding the resignation of the Speaker, Kolawole Oluwawole, and the governor, Ayodele Fayose.

The house handed the suspension on Tuesday through a resolution, a few hours after Mr. Aribisogan addressed a press a conference to make his demands.

The lawmaker had earlier been suspended by the same house for 180 legislative days for alleged anti-party activities.

The house also barred him from accessing the premises the House of Assembly complex within a 1km radius until “further notice”.

The chairman of the House Committee on Information, Samuel Omotoso, while briefing journalists, alleged that Mr. Aribisogan had invaded the assembly complex on June 8 with thugs.

Mr Aribosigan, who spoke to journalists in Osogbo, said Mr. Fayose should resign his office as governor for hijacking the powers of the House speaker.

He also asked the speaker to resign from his position for abdicating his authority and responsibility to the governor.

He said he made calls in his capacity as the Minority Leader, having defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

The state publicity secretary of the APC, Taiwo Olatunbosun, who was with the embattled lawmaker, said the party would protect Mr. Aribisogan as its member.

“Those who make peaceful and mutual co-existence impossible will make or attract serious resistance and of course violence, inevitable. But as progressives, we will continue to abide by the rules of the game,” he said.

Ekiti Assembly Suspends Member Over Disloyalty To Fayose

The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday suspended one of its members, Gboyega Aribisogan, for 180 legislative days, for allegedly being disloyal to Governor Ayo Fayose, and for associating with “opposition elements”.

The lawmaker, who is the former chairman, House Information Committee, was also barred from holding any position of responsibility in the house during the period of his suspension.

All benefits associated with his office were also suspended, just was barred from the assembly complex.

“His conducts henceforth will determine further actions on him,” the house declared.

The suspension was sequel to the adoption of the report and recommendations of a seven-member Ad Hoc panel constituted by the Speaker of the House, Kolawole Oluwawole, which was submitted to the Ethics and Privileges Committee.

The panel investigated allegations of “gross misconduct and acts capable of destabilising the House” made against Mr. Aribisogan by the House Leader, Tunji Akinyele.

Samuel Omotosho, who is now the new chairman of the house committee on information, told journalists on Thursday that Mr. Akinyele had “unholy alliance” with those who had constituted themselves as enemies of the state government and presented false information for pecuniary gains and cast aspersions on the house.

He said the action of Mr. Aribisogan was capable of destabilising the peace and orderliness of the state.

The chairman of the Ethics Committee, Fajana Ojoade, said after thorough investigation, it was established that Mr. Aribisogan committed the offence.

Mr. Ojoade said the Deputy Speaker, Segun Adewumi, confirmed both in writing and orally that Mr. Aribisogan confessed to him at a popular hotel in Ado Ekiti on the evening of Friday, September 30 that he did meet with some elements that were against the State Government in Lagos “in a manner that has rubbished the integrity and confidence that the Ekiti people have in the State House of Assembly”.

“Instead of showing remorse and apologising for his embarrassing actions despite all overwhelming evidences, Hon. Aribisogan persisted in his shallow denials,” he said.

“It is hereby determined and declared that Hon. Aribisogan is guilty of these allegations and should be punished adequately to minimize the bad image his shady movements and conducts have caused this honourable house, while also serving as deterrent to others,” he said.

The house also resolved that Mr. Aribisogan’s office should remain sealed throughout the period of the suspension and that he should submit all properties of the House of Assembly to the Clerk.

Responding to the allegations, Mr. Aribisogan denied the allegation, saying it was designed to tarnish his image.

“The so-called audio was a superimposed voice-over to tarnish my reputation,” he said.

“At the panel’s sitting, there was a presentation of inaudible voiceover claiming that they recognized my voice and I discarded it as a cheap blackmail.”

Crisis Hits Ekiti Assembly Over Plot To Recall Lawmaker

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has been hit by crisis following the removal of the member representing Ikole Constituency 1, Gboyega Aribisogan, as the Information Committee Chairman.
Aribisogan’s sack as House Information Committee chair and his subsequent replacement with the member representing Oye Constituency 1, Samuel Omotoso, is suspected to be a prelude to his recall from the Assembly.

The embattled lawmaker was accused of holding secret meetings with the Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, and Lagos-based Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana.

Aribisogan appeared before the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges chaired by Samuel Jeje where a purported audio file capturing his (Aribisogan’s) voice was played.

But Aribisogan described the audio tape which was played at the panel sitting to indict him as “a superimposed voice-over to tarnish his reputation.” According to him, his predicament was orchestrated by mischief-makers in the Assembly.

Speaking with DAILY POST, in a telephone chat on Wednesday shortly after appearing before the panel, Aribisogan disclosed that he was questioned whether he met Kashamu and Falana before the controversial audio was played to him.

While affirming his loyalty to Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Aribisogan said he has no confidence in the panel because its outcome is already predetermined.

Aribisogan said: “The so-called audio was a superimposed voice-over to tarnish my reputation. At the panel’s sitting, there was a presentation of inaudible voice-over claiming that they recognized my voice and I discarded it as a cheap blackmail.

“They asked me in the course of investigation whether I have met Buruji and I told them that the last time I met with Buruji was when I followed Mr. Governor and Hon. Omotoso was there too but it is unfortunate that he (Omotoso) wanted to make a political gain out of this saga.

“Since then, I have not met Buruji as a person either secretly or openly. I have no confidence in the panel but because of the constitutional provision, I have to attend the panel to clear my name.

“I appeared before the panel to tell them that I never met with Buruju and I never met with Falana as alleged. I am part and parcel of this government from inception and I remain a loyal party member.

“Changing committee chairmen is a routine exercise but I suspect a foul play that the outcome of the panel is already predetermined.”

When asked whether he has been invited by the governor on the crisis, Aribisogan said: “This is clearly an Assembly matter the governor has not invited me but I am expecting the members of the panel to go and investigate where the shenanigans are coming from.

“The whole saga is an immolation to destroy me and put me in a political quagmire. Look at my pedigree where I am coming from before passing judgment on me.

“Having served the government, is it possible for me to be holding meeting with Buruji and Falana and work against a government of which I am part?

“I want to challenge the person who claimed to have recorded my voice to be bold enough to face me. The plot was executed by one man in the House to bring me down.”