Oluwawole Insists He Remains Speaker Of Ekiti Assembly

Ekiti House of Assembly

 

Mr Kola Oluwawole, who was impeached as Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday, says he remains the authentic speaker and of the assembly.

Oluwawole described his removal as an illegality which cannot stand.

According to him, 18 members are supposed to carry out a speaker’s impeachment.

He, therefore, insisted that the 14-member action is not valid under the law.

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Oluwawole was immediately replaced by Ebenezer Alagbada.

The 14 lawmakers also removed the deputy speaker and principal officers of the House and also announced the suspension of some members.

They cited abuse of office and mismanagement of the resources of the House among other reasons for their actions.

The development is coming few days to the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent governor of the state, Mr Ayodele Fayose.

Ekiti Assembly Impeaches Speaker, Kola Oluwawole

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The Ekiti State House of Assembly has impeached Kola Oluwawole as its speaker.

14 members of the assembly impeached Oluwawole and immediately elected Ebenezer Alagbada to replace him.

The lawmakers also removed the deputy speaker and principal officers of the House and also announced the suspension of some members.

They cited abuse of office and mismanagement of the resources of the House among other reasons for their actions.

The development is coming few days to the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent governor of the state, Mr Ayodele Fayose.

Fayose Signs Ekiti 2017 Appropriation Bill Into Law

Fayose, Ekiti, Education Support Project.Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has signed into law the state’s 2017 Appropriation Bill, with a promise to consolidate on all his administration’s achievements in the last two years.

The bill was signed into law on Wednesday after it  was passed by the lawmakers on Tuesday.

It was jacked up by the lawmakers from its earlier 93 billion Naira to 94.4 billion Naira, with the lawmakers saying the adjustment was made to accommodate other key sectors of the state.

The signing into law of the 2017 Ekiti State Appropriation Bill by Governor Ayodele Fayose is coming barely one week after it was presented to the State House of Assembly.

After signing the bill into law, the governor said: “I assure the people of the implementation and to offset some of the ongoing project in the state”.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole and other members of the House pledged their continued support for the Governor, saying they will defile all intimidation from the Federal Government.

Ekiti state is the first state in the country to sign into law the 2017 Appropriation Bill.

Appear Before Me Or Face Dire Consequences, Judge Tells Ekiti Speaker

Appear Before Me Or Face Dire Consequences, Judge Tells Ekiti SpeakerA Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday ordered the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole to appear before it on Wednesday, December 7 and explain why he refused to obey the order to swear in legislator-elect, Mr Toyin Obayemi or face a contempt charge.

At Monday’s proceeding, Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that the Speaker must comply with his order to inaugurate Obayemi as member representing Ado Ekiti Constituency 1, which was delivered on July 4, failing which appropriate steps will be taken to protect the integrity and powers of the court.

Obayemi is preferring a contempt charge against Oluwawole for disobeying the court order that he (Obayemi) be sworn in immediately as the legislator to replace Musa Arogundade who was removed by the Court and ordered to refund all salaries and allowances collected since June 5 when the Fifth Assembly was inaugurated.

The Court had annulled  Arogundade’s election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Obayemi a Certificate of Return holding that the latter was not validly nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the April 11, 2015 House of Assembly election.

The Jurist maintained that the proper thing must be done and the court order complied with by the Speaker who he said must consult with his lawyer on the implication of disobeying court order.

“The Speaker must obey the order of this court, the proper things should be done. For the avoidance of doubt, the Speaker should consult with his counsel against the next adjourned date most especially as court record shows that he has been served.

“I will never be intimidated by anybody, somebody was here before. Even if I die the Bench lives on,” he said.

He subsequently adjourned the case till December 7 for further hearing.

Earlier, the counsel to the Plaintiff, Mr Olayinka Sokoya, had told the court that he received a letter from the law chambers of a Senior Advocate, Mike Ozekhome, dated November 18, a day after the last day of sitting.

Sokoya explained that Ozekhome who is seeking to take over the defence of Oluwawole is praying the court for an adjournment of the case.

Ekiti Assembly Unrest: Lawmakers Allege Plot To Assassinate Five Members

EkitiSome members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly are alleging that there is a plan to assassinate five other members, including the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole.

Addressing at a press conference at the hallowed chambers of the House on Wednesday, the Assembly members alleged that the suspended member of the House, Honourable Gboyega Aribisogan, representing Ikole constituency-one and Yinka Akerels were the brain behind the alleged assassination plot.

After the suspension of Mr Aribisiogan as a member of the State Assembly few weeks ago for alleged anti-party activities and disloyalty, the Assembly has been with one crisis or the other.

The latest is the claim by the assembly members of an alleged plot to assassinate five of them.

The lawmakers, who also restated their unflinching support for Governor Ayodele Fayose, said appropriate security agencies had been briefed about the assassination attempt, but they were yet to get a feedback.

In his reaction the embattled lawmaker, Honourable Aribisogan denied all the allegations levelled against him.

The Chairman House Committee on Information Samuel Omotoso and the suspended Assembly member, Honourable Aribisogan, were said to be very close pals, but now the story has changed.

Ekiti Assembly Suspends Lawmaker For 180 Days

Ekiti Assembly, Gboyega AribisoganThe former chairman of Ekiti State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Gboyega Aribisogan, has been suspended by the House for 180 legislative days.

The lawmaker was accused by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of anti-party activities.

It was alleged that Mr Aribisogan has been meeting with opposition party members in the state.

The member representing Ikole Constituency 1 was on Wednesday removed from his position as Chairman of the House Committee on Information and replaced with the member representing Oye Constituency 1, Samuel Omotoso.

Speaker of the House, Rt Hon, Kola Oluwawole, affirmed the suspension of Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan.

He has been warned not to come close to the state assembly complex within the period of his suspension

However, the embattled lawmaker denied the allegation against him. He said that he would seek redress on the matter.

Herdsmen-Farmers Clash: Fayose Signs Anti-Grazing Bill

Ayodele Fayose signs Anti-grazing lawThe Governor of Ekiti State, Governor Ayodele Fayose, has signed an Anti- Grazing bill into law in a bid to curtail the alleged inordinate activities of herdsmen.

Fayose also threatened to charge any cattle rearer found in the state carrying arms while grazing with terrorism.

Addressing stakeholders and leaders of communities across the 16 local government areas of the state in Ado Ekiti, the State’s capital, Governor Fayose said the recent killings and attack on the people of Oke Ako Community in Ikole Local Government Areas of the state by suspected herdsmen was unfortunate.

The Act was read to the Assembly of all traditional rulers, chiefs and legislators by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole. It prohibits the activities of herdsmen in the state.

According to him, the state government is already working with local
government officials for the allocation of portions of land for grazing to all
local government authorities in the state.


The Speaker also gave the highlights of the Anti-Grazing Law, revealing that “grazing activities must be from 7:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. local time daily.

In the new law, anyone caught grazing on portions of land or any farmland not allotted by government would be apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.

The Anti-Grazing Law also provides that any herdsman caught with firearms or other weapons during grazing activities would be charged with terrorism and their cattle confiscated.

It also says that farm produce destroyed by the activities of any caught herdsman would be estimated by agricultural officers and the expenses of the estimate shall be levied on the culprit.

Any herdsman who violates any of these rules shall face six months’ imprisonment without option of fine, the law also stipulates.

Governor Fayose while appending his signature on the Anti-Grazing bill said passing the bill into law was borne out of his desire to interface with the traditional chiefs on security issues bedevilling the state.

Ajayi Ayodele, who spoke for the community, commended the Governor for signing the bill into law.

60 Million Poor Nigerians To Enjoy Free Medical Care

Universities-medical careThe Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has given the assurance that 60 million poor Nigerians will enjoy unfettered medical care under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration within the next two years.

The Minister who said this during his visit to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, added that 10,000 health facilities would be built in 774 Local Government across the country for effective service delivery to the people.

While promising that the government would pay them their dues, Prof. Adewole also advised all health workers not to see strike as the only option for negotiation.

The Ekiti State Governor, who was represented by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, urged the Federal Government to also look into the areas of staff welfare, considering the nature of their profession.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Majekodunmi Ayodele, in his response to the Minister, appealed to workers to be patient with the management as their requests will be addressed.

Governor Fayose Signs To Law 2016 Appropriation Bill

Ayodele-FayoseThe Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has signed into law the 2016 Appropriation Bill, along side five separate bills.

The Hon. members led by the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole said they would continue to do their best in the overall interest of the people.

Governor Ayo Fayose after signing the bill to law in his office said his administration will continue to be participatory and accountable to the people.

He also promised to make copies of the budget available for public as well as the EFCC and the ICPC.

Ekiti Lawmakers Pass Vote Of Confidence On Governor Fayose

FayoseThe Ekiti State House of Assembly has passed a vote of confidence on the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, for his leadership style and declared him the leader of opposition in the country.

It was a unanimous decision at the floor of Ekiti House as the Speaker of the House, Kola Oluwawole, conducted a voice vote by the lawmakers.

The lawmakers said that the endorsement of Fayose was following his achievements after just one year in office.

Meanwhile, Governor Ayodele Fayose has reacted to the vote of confidence passed on him by the lawmakers.

While addressing newsmen in his country home, Afao Ekiti, Fayose said that the vote of confidence passed on him by the members of the House of Assembly was an indication that the people were strongly in support of his administration.

“I am not in the ruling party, and my duty as the opposition party is to keep the government in focus, in check, and make sure they don’t slide into dictatorship. Above it all, whether you call me leader of opposition or not, my words will continue and it will be for the good and benefit of average Nigerians,” he said, in reaction to being tagged the leader of the opposition.

PDP Suspends Ekiti Chairman

The working committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Ekiti state chapter has suspended the chairman of the party, Ogundipe Makanjuola following the disagreement between the party members recently, alleging that the chairman is being bribed by some aspirants in the party.

The deputy chairman of the party, Femi Bamishile has been mandated to take over the office of the chairman until the investigations are over.

Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti, the Director information Ekiti state PDP, Gboyega Aribisogan, explained the cause of the disagreement saying some names of the committee members setup to look into the consensus issues are traceable to some aspirants therefore the state working committee agreed to step down the process so the list can be verified and corrected.

A faction of the PDP Ekiti state had on Wednesday opposed the consensus committee, set up by the leadership of the party, to look into the coming election to enable them pick the candidate for the governorship election 2014.

The disagreement resulted to blood shed of two members of the party namely Kola Adefemi and Tunji Olarinwaju. Some journalists were also seriously battered in order to prevent them from covering the incidents.

The Publicity Secretary of the chapter, Kola Oluwawole, condemned this.

Commissioner for information and civic orientation Ekiti state, Tayo Ekundayo, while reacting to this said Ekiti people are known as honourable men and women, hence resorting to violence as a way of settling political differences does not augur well for the state.

He sincerely urged all our politicians and leaders of political parties in the state to stay clear of actions capable of throwing the state into crisis as we approach the electioneering period. The peace and wellbeing of the state should remain a top priority to all who aspire to public office.