Having been found guilty of alleged incompetence and unruly behaviour, the
Deputy Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Adesegun
Adewumi, has been removed.
In the same way, the House at its plenary on Thursday, also removed
its Chef Whip, Hon. Akinniyi Sunday, representing Ikere constituency II.
However, it was reliably gathered that the two were removed over their
support for the ex-Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, during the
primary conducted on May 8.
Adeyeye however lost the election to Governor Ayodele Fayose’s anointed candidate and Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola.
The lawmaker representing Ekiti West Constituency II, Hon. Animasaun Adesina, was elected as the new deputy speaker to replace Adewumi, while Hon. Onigiobi Olawale, representing Ekiti South West constituency I, was appointed as the new Chief Whip.
Adewumi was removed as deputy speaker after a motion moved by Hon. Akinyele Olatunji and seconded by Hon. Olayanju Olanrewaju.
Hon. Akinyele alleged that Hon. Adewumi was found to have indulged in activities capable of bringing the dignity and integrity of the House to disrepute.
Other allegations against the removed deputy speaker were gross misconduct, lack of leadership qualities and acting in a way that could destabilise the state.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Kola Oluwawole, announced that 18 members of the Assembly signed the notice of impeachment of the
deputy speaker in accordance with Section 92 (2c) of the 1999
Constitution (as amended).
Members present at plenary unanimously agreed that Hon Adewumi had exhibited high level of disloyalty and unpatriotic act and as such person should be removed.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Hon. Samuel Omotoso, nominated Hon. Animasaun as the new deputy speaker and was seconded by Hon. Afolabi Akanni.
The nomination was unanimously accepted by members, while the Speaker
announced Hon. Onigiobi as the replacement for the chief whip in accordance with the directive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State.
In his acceptance speech, the new deputy speaker, Hon. Animas Aunt,
said he was honoured by the election and promised to perform his
duties in accordance with the constitution.