Thursday, 6 October 2016

Ekiti Assembly suspends member for disloyalty to Gov. Fayose

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose

In Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State House of Assembly, yesterday,
suspended its embattled former Chairman, House Committee on Information, Olugboyega Aribisogan, for 180 legislative days and also banished him from within one kilometre radius of the Assembly complex.

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The decision was arrived at during yesterday’s plenary, after
which the new Chairman, House Committee on Information,
Dr Samuel Omotoso, flanked by the rest of his colleagues,
fielded questions from journalists at the Assembly Complex.

Aribisogan was also barred from holding any position of
responsibility on behalf of the House of Assembly during the
period of his suspension, all benefits associated with his
office suspended.

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The suspension was an adoption of the report and
recommendation of the seven-man Ad Hoc panel by
constituted by the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon. Kolawole
Oluwawole and submitted to the Ethics and Privileges
Committee of the House.

The panel had investigated allegations bordering on gross
misconduct and acts capable of destabilising the House
made against Aribisogan by the House Leader of Business,
MrTunji Akinyele.

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Responding to the allegations against him, the embattled
lawmaker, described his suspension as “a confirmation of a
rubberstamping nature of the assembly, said he would confer with his constituents on whether to seek redress in court over the matter.

Describing the whole scenario as a travesty of justice,
Aribisogan said his suspension was a desperate attempt to
emasculate him politically and rob the people of Ikole local
government the opportunity to vie for the federal constituency election jointly held with Oye local government in 2019.

He further said: “This is a complete scam and I am not
befuddled in any way. I had been presumed guilty before I
appeared before the panel, so I am not surprised. How can
they be forcing me to confess to an offence I didn’t commit.”

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