Impeached Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Gboyega Aribisogan, has alleged that some people are planning to assassinate him.
Aribisogan made the allegation while discussing the Ekiti State House of Assembly speakership controversy on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
He was eventually impeached on Monday after barely one week in office and replaced with the Assembly Chief Whip, Rt. Hon. Olubunmi Adelugba.
TROUBLE was sparked off in the Assembly after Aribisogan (Ikole constituency 1) emerged as the Speaker, following the demise of the incumbent, Hon Funminiyi Afunye, in October 2022 due to a cardiac arrest.
Last Tuesday, Aribisogan was elected Speaker at the plenary after polling 15 votes against his opponent Hon Olubunmi Adenugba, who had 10 votes.
Aribisogan, however, alleged that immediate past governor Kayode Fayemi was not in support of his candidacy and had vowed to get him impeached immediately.
According to him, “They don’t want democratic processes to take place in the Assembly and these people are up in arms and saying that they are going to assassinate the Speaker (me) and take over the place.
“The majority of the members of the House of Assembly voted for me but a few of them who felt I did not follow the directives of the former governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi, vowed to make the place ungovernable.”
Last Wednesday, police shut down the Assembly complex following intelligence reports that some hoodlums had planned to burn down the building.
Aribisogan had expressed fears that he might be impeached today (Monday), claiming that the ex-governor already had seven House members who had agreed to carry out the process.
Yinka Oyebode, Special Adviser, Media to Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, in his comments on the development, said the police locked down the complex to prevent hoodlums planning to burn down the Assembly complex, to gain entry.
While noting that the governor would not get involved in the crisis, Oyebode insisted that it is within the power of the legislators to resolve their issues.