Ekiti Assembly Crisis: Legal Luminaries Balalola, Olanipekun, Falana, Others Want Status Quo Maintained


Seven senior attorneys of Ekiti State origin, led by Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, have described the elimination of Rt. Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan as Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly as unwarranted, unjustified and condemnable.

The authorized luminaries and Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) additionally described the purported impeachment of Aribisogan and suspension of six different lawmakers as a coup d’etat.

Their place was contained in a press release collectively signed by Aare Babalola, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Dele Adesina (SAN), Olu Daramola (SAN), Femi Falana (SAN), Dayo Akinlaja (SAN), and Gboyega Oyewole (SAN).

The authorized practitioners within the assertion mentioned, “In gentle of this place, we hereby name on all members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly to return to the trail of peace, honour and dignity by permitting the elected Speaker, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan, to proceed in workplace with out let or hindrance.

“Anything in need of this may quantity to persevering in constitutional error and political rascality.

“Pointedly and succinctly asserted, Hon. Olubunmi Adelugba can not proceed in workplace as Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, and we plead together with her to honourably cease parading, presenting or holding herself out because the Speaker of the State, as her so-doing constitutes not simply an illegality and unconstitutionality, but additionally a perseverance in such an illegal enterprise.

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“In like method, we plead with the members of the House of Assembly to permit all Principal Officers of the House, together with the Deputy Speaker, the Chief Whip, the Majority Leader and many others., proceed in workplace, with out making any try and impeach or exchange any of them.

“May or not it’s emphasised that the Assembly can not transact any official or authorized enterprise beneath the contrived speakership of Hon. Olubunmi Adelugba.

“By means of argument, the sponsors of the charade and their cohorts within the House have foisted on all the State, a coup d’etat, within the sense that the suspension of a couple of quarter of the members of the House equally.

“translates to the fact that members of their constituencies have also been suspended from the State.”

They additional mentioned, “Once elected by the members of the House, as done in the case of Aribisogan, the Speaker shall continue to be in office during the lifespan of the particular House except, inter alia, removed from office by a resolution of the House of Assembly by the votes of not less than two-third majority of the House.”

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They posited that the duly elected Speaker was not allowed to perform in workplace for the spate of someday earlier than the sealing off of the Assembly Complex in step with Section 92 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended.

“Pray, due to this fact, at what cut-off date may he have dedicated any infraction of the structure, every other legislation or the Rules of the House to warrant his supposed elimination?

“Assuming with out conceding that the Speaker had dedicated any infraction, was he not entitled to be confronted with the allegation in that respect and given cheap alternative to defend himself?

“If so, when was he accorded that? Incontestably, election into such an exalted place because the Speaker of the House dictates {that a} holder of the workplace have to be accorded honest listening to earlier than being faraway from the workplace.

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“The alleged suspension and stoppage of the salaries of the Speaker and 6 different members of the House are not any much less misplaced, unlawful, illegitimate, null and void.

“By their actions, they’ve demonstrated a penchant for political rascality, impunity, brazenness and recklessness of no imply measure.

“The purported impeachment of Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan in addition to the introduced suspension of seven members of the House is an train in utmost futility and, unquestionably, null and void.

“On the premise of this place, nobody or group of individuals or politicians may be allowed to deliver Ekiti State to dishonour and disrepute by no matter contrivance and for any ambition howsoever.

“May we remind the legislators and their patrons that come May/June, 2023, the life span of the current session of the House of Assembly will constitutionally terminate.

“Therefore, they should exercise some modicum of patience and wait for the next election, whereby they can sponsor their candidates to the House,” the said.

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