Court Halts Fayose’s Impeachment, Sets Aside APC Lawmakers’ Actions

ImpeachmentA Federal High Court in Abuja has set aside all actions and activities of the impeached former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin and the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers from November 21, 2014 till date.

These include the purported commencement of impeachment proceeding and notice alleging misconduct against the State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose and his Deputy, Dr Olusola Eleka.

Justice E. Chukwu gave the ruling on an Exparte Application in Suit Number FHC/ABJ/CS/361/15 filed by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Dele Olugbemi and six other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers.

The judge also granted plaintiffs in the suit leave to serve the originating summons on the defendants through newspaper advertisements.

Olugbemi and six others had filed the suit, seeking an order of the court declaring the seats of the 19 lawmakers vacant having abdicated their functions since November 21, 2014 and also an order restraining the police from aiding, abetting or assisting the lawmakers from carrying out any illegal act.

Apart from Omirin and the APC legislators, also joined as defendants in the suit are the Inspector-General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Hearing of the Motion on Notice has been adjourned till May 13.

I Have Not Received Any Impeachment Notice – Fayose

AYO-FAYOSEThe Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has again dismissed the impeachment notice allegedly posted online by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

While speaking at an audience participatory programme, ‘Meet Your Governor’ on Monday, Governor Fayose, said that those plotting his impeachment were the same enemies of Ekiti State that plotted his exit from office in 2006.

He said: “Nobody served me any impeachment notice. I only saw the notice online like every other person. I’m like Israel that is in the midst of enemies but will always prevail. Whoever wants to remove me will first have to impeach God”.

Fayose added that the APC people were trying to get at him because he wholeheartedly supported President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid.

“Let me say it again, I have not been served any impeachment notice. The House of Assembly is also on recess and Dr Adewale Omirin is not the speaker of the State House of Assembly.’

“Omirin is in court, challenging his impeachment and he can’t be challenging his impeachment in court and at the same time laying claim to being Speaker,” he said.

While urging the APC to accept defeat, as done by President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Fayose said: “By the power of God, they lost 16 – 0 on June 21, 2014, they lost 16 – 0 again on March 28, they will lose 26 – 0 on Saturday, April 11”.

Governor Fayose had earlier dismissed the impeachment plot, saying “the script being acted by the APC is a failed one because no one, no matter how highly placed he is, would be allowed to test the will of Ekiti people”.

Ekiti People Will Defend Their Mandate – Fayose

Ayo Fayose-Ekiti Ekiti State Governor has described his return to the office of Governor of the state “as a mandate freely and wholeheartedly given by Ekiti people”.

“Ekiti people who are the owners of my mandate will defend it against political usurpers, whom they had rejected twice in the last nine months,” Governor Ayodele Fayose said in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and News Media, Lere Olayinka.

He also urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, to sustain his stand of not allowing the use of the judiciary to change the outcome of elections.

Governor Fayose described the noise of impeachment and Supreme Court judgment being made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a plot to distract him from concentrating on governance and also from the coming Saturday’s House of Assembly election.

He however, called on members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state not to be distracted from their goal of delivering all the 26 Assembly seats in the state to the party.

He said “Sovereignty belongs to the people and the people of Ekiti State on June 21, 2014, surrendered their sovereignty to me to be their governor for four years.

“Instead of respecting the wish of Ekiti people, which they again affirmed on March 28 and will further affirm on April 11, the APC people that were rejected in two free and fair elections have been trying all tricks to return to power through the back door.

“They filed several cases in their bid to stop my inauguration as Governor and even committed murder in the process.”

Speaking further, Governor Fayose said; “The Speaker of the State House of Assembly then, Dr Adewale Omirin, was assured of assuming office as Acting Governor and that informed his non-attendance of my inauguration, as he was still hoping that even on October 16, 2014, a court order would be gotten to stop my inauguration.

“Their evil plots against the mandate of Ekiti people failed then, but up till now, they are not relenting.

“Today, even though Omirin has been duly impeached, he still believes he can be Acting Governor, while Dr Kayode Fayemi that was roundly rejected by Ekiti people is also boasting that he will return to power through the instrumentality of the court.”

“However, let me warn the APC as a party to respect the wish of Ekiti people as the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan respected the wish of Nigerians on the election of Major General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd).

“Any attempt to undermine the sovereignty of Ekiti people, using whatever instrument will be resisted by the people themselves because power belongs to the people and they have handed it to whom they desire to exercise till October 16, 2018.

“The APC gladiators in Ekiti should therefore emulate President Jonathan and the PDP by waiting till 2018 to try their luck again.”

Factional Ekiti Speaker Seeks Arrest, Prosecution Of Omirin

Ekiti-State-House-Of-Assembly2The factional Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Dele Olugbemi, has sent petitions to the Police and the Department of State Service, requesting for the arrest and prosecution of the embattled Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin, for forgery, impersonation and attempt to cause breach of the public peace.

The request came hours after a purported notice of impeachment against the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, was circulated online.

The purported notice, dated March 9, was signed by Dr. Omirin.

Mr Olugbemi dismissed the purported notice against Governor Fayose and his Deputy, Dr Olusola Eleka, by the All Progressives Congress lawmakers.

The petitions were sent to the State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu and Director of the Department of State Service, Samuel Tamuno, Olugbemi.

The notice posted online and signed by Dr. Omirin, as the Speaker of the House, read: “Please, find attached herewith, allegations of gross misconduct made against your persons by a total of 19 members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly in pursuance of the Provision of Section 188(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

“You are hereby informed that you are at liberty to respond to the said allegations in writing within seven days hereof”.

Seven Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers had on November 20, 2014 impeached Omirin and his deputy, Tunji Orisalade.

Mr Olugbemi, was installed as the Speaker by the faction and had been presiding over the Assembly.

He described the notice of impeachment as a ploy by the APC to distract the State Government.

According to him, the Assembly never sat at any time to deliberate, or pass any Motion for Impeachment of Fayose.

Earlier, Governor Fayose had advised the APC lawmakers to jettison their plan to impeach him, saying it is a ‘joke of the century’.
He asked them to stop acting like jesters, saying, “the script being acted by the APC is a failed one because no one, no matter how highly placed he is, would be allowed to test the will of Ekiti people”.

Fayose Dismisses APC Lawmakers’ Impeachment Plot

fayose- on- APC lawmakers The governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has advised members of the All Progressives Congress in the State’s House of Assembly to jettison their plan to impeach him, saying it is a ‘joke of the century’.

Responding to a purported impeachment notice, Governor Fayose asked the APC lawmakers to stop acting like jesters, saying, “the script being acted by the APC is a failed one because no one, no matter how highly placed he is, would be allowed to test the will of Ekiti people”.

The notice posted online and signed by Dr. Adewale Omirin, as the Speaker of the House, read: “Please, find attached herewith, allegations of gross misconduct made against your persons by a total of 19 members  of the Ekiti State House of Assembly in pursuance of the Provision of Section 188(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

“You are hereby informed that you are at liberty to respond to the said allegations in writing within seven days hereof”.

The governor described the purported notice as a “joke of the century” and reminded the lawmakers that “the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly is Hon Dele Olugbemi and not Dr Adewale Omirin.”

In a statement issued on Saturday , the spokesman to the governor, Lere Olayinka, said “Dr. Omirin is already in court, challenging his impeachment and common sense dictates that when you are challenging an action already taken in court, you have accepted the consequences of such action pending the determination of the suit you filed.”

The governor further urged the APC  lawmakers to stop advertising their ignorance and crudity in the market place by posting impeachment notice online.

“Since last year November, these so-called lawmakers abdicated their duties and ran to Lagos only for them to resurface on Wednesday, but they hurriedly ran away again.

“Now they are posting notice of impeachment signed on March 9, 2015 and Ekiti people are asking, was the motion for impeachment moved and adopted in Lagos or Osun State House of Assembly?

“Is impeachment of a governor done along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway inside a moving bus?

“Rather than going about advertising their ignorance and crudity, the APC  lawmakers should wait for the court to adjudicate on the case they filed because even the President-elect, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd) would respect the rule of law when he assumes office,” the governor said.

Fayemi Creates Additional 19 Local Government Councils

FAYEMI3The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has signed into law a bill to create additional 19 local government council development areas in the state.

Speaking at the signing of the bill in Ado Ekiti, Governor Fayemi appealed to the incoming government not to see it as a political trap.

“This is not a political trap for anyone, I must say that. This is without prejudice to whatever transition arrangements that are being put in place because these are minimum irreducible demands of Ekiti people. What we have done is simply to fulfill the yearnings of our people, and we hope that succeeding administrations in the state will build on this effort”, the Governor explained.

He said the new local government areas will come into immediate effect in all the areas affected “following necessary assets sharing and the necessary implementation of administrative responsibility”.

The Governor expressed confidennce that the exercise would work in the interest of the people and that the bill would ensure equal justice for all citizens and residents of Ekiti State.

The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin in his short remarks congratulated the members of House, stating that past governments which had attempted it failed.

Dr  Omirin, on his part said that the Ekiti State House of Assembly was the most productive House so far in the country, considering the fact that the House had passed into law, 64 bills in just 3 years.

With this development, the state now operates 35 local councils as there were only 16 before.

 

 

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