BEING THE TEXT OF ADDRESS OF THE MINORITY LEADER OF EKITI STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, HON (CHIEF) GBOYEGA ARIBISOGAN AT WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON JULY 11, 2017 AT THE APC SECRETARIAT, IN ADO EKITI .
Gentlemen of the Press,
I welcome you all to this briefing. Let me use this opportunity to thank you for your immeasurable support for our great party, the All Progressive Party (APC). I also thank you for standing by us always.
I also want to personally thank you for your support for me since the beginning of my odeals in the hands of Governor Fayose and the leadership of Ekiti State House of Assembly.
You will recall that I have been having a running battle with the leadership of Ekiti State House of Assembly since October 7, 2016 over the illegal 180 sitting days suspension handed down on me and Ikole constituency 1.
You are also aware of my official resumption on June 8, 2017 after nine months of denying my constituency the needed representation in Assembly. You will also recall that I said the House leadership led by Rt Hon. Kola Oluwawole had continued to violate the Standing order of the House which says no member of the House can be suspended beyond 14 legislative days.
Gentlemen of the press, you are aware of my defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on account of the division and factionalisation of the PDP to the All Progressive Congress on June 27,2017. Since I left the PDP, Governor Ayo Fayose in connivance with Rt Hon, Kola Oluwawole have been plotting to kill me and deny my constituency permanently from being represented in state Assembly. As I address you, the Governor has drafted his killer squad led by one Tajudeen Olagunju a.k.a Alhaji to the Assembly Complex. These hoodlums with guns and dangerous weapons, have been detailed by the governor and Pastor Oluwawole to attack me and my constituents anytime we move near the Assembly complex.
Part of the plot of the governor to silence me was the setting up of a Committee headed by Hon Dele Fajemilehin representing Gbonyin local government to lure me to the Governor’s office under the pretence of inviting me to a committee meeting, so that Tajudeen Olagunju can easily attack me and escape to Governor’s residence in Magodo GRA, Lagos.
When they discovered that the plot had leaked, the Speaker quickly dissolved the Committee and planned to set up another one that will be used to carry out the dastardly act.
Gentlemen of the Press, the Ekiti state House of Assembly is in dire straits. The legislative arm had been taken over by the Executive Governor, Ayo Fayose, and its powers and rights are being constantly usurp by the governor.
Since his public declaration before the MACE on December 6, 2016 when he said “I AM THE SPEAKER, OLUWAWOLE IS ONLY ACTING ON MY BEHALF” while presenting the budget, the governor had unconstitutional taken over, the funding and management of the House, including the sittings of the House and had been under the supervision and direction of the Governor contrary to section 183 of the1999 Constitution of Nigeria( as amended) which states that the governor can not hold any other executive position during the period of his tenure.
Rt Hon. Kola Oluwawole having agreed with governor Fayose by joining the remaining 24 members to say YES before the MACE, the authority of the House,he had voluntarily relinquished his position to the governor and therefore cannot continue to function as the Acting Speaker , a position that is reserved for the Deputy Speaker in the case of the Speaker’s absence
Therefore, Rt Hon. Kola Oluwawole must resign as the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly immediately, because his continued stay in that position is a violation of the Standing Order of Ekiti State House of Assembly which states that there shall be no two Speakers in a State.
Governor Ayo Fayose is presently holding two Executive positions. First, as the Executive Governor and two, as the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly contrary to Section 183 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which states that the Governor can not hold two positions during his tenure.
These constitutional infractions and violations of standing rules should not be allowed to continue in a democracy. Governor Fayose must also come the hallowed chamber within the next 14 days to publicly relinquish the position of the Speaker or he should resign as Governor of Ekiti state.
Gentlemen of the press, as part of his unconstitutional behaviour he has just directed six out of his former Commissioners to resume duties without a recourse to the State House of Assembly. The dissolution of the cabinet has made it imperative for the re-appointed Commissioners to appear before the House for another screening before they can be sworn -in to office.
Governor Fayose in his usual characteristics, has usurped the power of the Assembly by directing the newly appointed Commissioners to resume duties in utter violation of the constitution which states that nominees can only be confirmed by the state House of Assembly.
I therefore advise the governor to send the names of the newly appointed Commissioner designate to Ekiti state House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.
Thanks for your patience.
Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan
EKHA, Ikole Constituency 1
APC will support whatever steps the minority leader takes ~ Hon Olatunbosun Taiwo Franklin
Meanwhile, the state publicity secretary of the APC in his remarks says the party will do everything within the Armbit of the law to stop the governor because he does not have power to continue the illegality.