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Governor decries closure of Ekist State Assembly

17 October 2014, 20:25

Ekiti - The newly-inaugurated Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has condemned the decision of the Speaker of the State House Assembly, Wale Omirin, to shut the House down, a day after the Governor take over the affairs of the state.

According to a statement signed Lere Olayinka Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Social Media, the Speaker had failed in his ambition of becoming Ekiti State Acting Governor.

“After failing to realise his ambition of becoming Ekiti State Acting Governor (hoping that Fayose's inauguration would not hold), Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr Wale Omirin has ordered that Ekiti lawmakers should go on One Month Recess,” Olayinka said.

Also read: Six APC Ekiti lawmakers defects to PDP as Fayose becomes governor

He said the Speaker claimed that the seven PDP members in the House were plotting to impeach him and for this, Ekiti must be hold to ransom.

“For the avoidance doubt, there is no plan from the State Government to force the removal of the Speaker or anyone in the House of Assembly,” Olayinka said.

"Most importantly, election and removal of the Speaker and other Principal Officers of the House of Assembly is the prerogative of the House members and not the duty of the executive arm of government”.

He alleged plans by the APC to frustrate the Fayose-led government, using the party-dominated House of Assembly.

“The plan is to prevent the governor from making statutory appointments like Commissioners and Special Advisers as well as presentation and passage of the 2015 Budget,” he said.

Comment could not be obtained from the Speaker.

- CAJ News


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