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After a week of controversies and arm twisting, members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, finally kicked out Gboyega Aribisogan, as their Speaker.

He has been replaced by Olubunmi Adelugba from Emure Constituency.

No less that 17 members out of the 25 members of the house voted to impeach the embattled Speaker and subsequently elected a new one.

Mr Aribisogan’s impeachment came barely a week after he was elected by members of the house to replace Funminiyi Afuye, who died recently.

He faced stiff opposition from party leaders, who felt he had gone against agreements within the party hierhachy which ordained Mrs Adelugba as the preferred candidate for the speakership office.

The Assembly went through a retinue of threats forcing the police to close down the assembly once and foiled an attempt by hoodlums to raze the complex.

It was gathered that after several meetings and the intervention of party leaders, the house reconvened on Monday and impeached Mr Aribisogan.

Besides his impeachment, he was also suspended indefinitely.

On Monday, members elected Olubunmi Adelugba, who had contested the seat against Aribisogan last Tuesday, as the new Speaker.

Six members loyal to the ousted Speaker were also suspended.

Those suspended includeTajudeen Akingbolu, Goke Olajide, Yemisi Ayokunle, Adeyemi Ajibade, Kemi Balogun, andTope Ogunleye.

The House also elected a new Leader of Business, Johnson m Bode-Adeoye, as well as a new Chairman for Committee on Appropriation, Lateef Akanle.

It is at the moment not clear if he would accept the votes of the house as he had earlier accused former governor, Kayode Fayemi, of masterminding the attack on his election.


He told Channels TV on Sunday that Mr Fayemi was working with members of the state legislature to oust him. 

“The majority of members of Assembly voted for me but few of them who felt perhaps I did not follow the directive of the former governor, Dr Fayemi, thought that they would make the state ungovernable for even the administration,” Mr Aribisogan said on Sunday Politics on Channels.

“I didn’t have any quarrel with him. I sent a message to him even last night asking, ‘What is happening? Am I no longer one of your loyalists? Why did you not congratulate me?’

“Up till now that I’m speaking with you, he has not done anything. Otherwise, he has been going around calling our members to go and impeach me tomorrow. That is the truth.

“As I’m speaking with you, seven of our members are locked up in Fem Guest House in Ado Ekiti, planning on how to impeach me tomorrow in cahoots with some of his former aides like the former commissioner for justice.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to Ekiti State Governor, Yinka Oyebode, said the matter was chiefly a party matter and it would be wrong for Mr Aribisogan to single out a person to blame for the issues at the house.

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