Tension as 19 APC lawmakers return to Ekiti Assembly

Soldiers, police shut down complex

Barely 12 hours af­ter the presiden­tial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Major Gen Muhammadu Bu­hari was declared winner of Saturday’s presidential race, 19 lawmakers of the party in Ekiti State House of Assembly yesterday stormed the assembly and held a plenary session.

The members created a tense atmosphere, which led to the deployment of about 100 stern-looking security op­eratives by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, who also ordered the closure of the assembly to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

Police and soldiers in over 10 Patrol vans came in after getting wind of the tension that was already mounting in the assembly.

Factional Speaker of the as­sembly, Adewale Omirin left the state alongside 18 mem­bers of the APC after a feud with seven of their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts loyal to Governor Ayodele Fayose last year.

Subsequently, the seven lawmakers allegedly im­peached Omirin on November 17, 2014 and elected a new speaker, Dele Olugbemi, who has since been presiding over the affairs of the assembly.

Those that attended the meeting included Omirin, fac­tional Deputy Speaker, Tunji Orisalade, Wunmi Ogunlola, Ade Ajayi and Gbenga Ode­bunmi among others.

But the factional Major­ity leader, Churchill Adedipe , who was in Abuja, according to Omirin , Olasehinde Ogun­rinde and Kehinde Boluwade , were absent at the sitting.

The Omirin-led lawmak­ers arrived the assembly in a convoy of 14 vehicles at about 11.30 a.m. and hurriedly went into plenary session, which started with praise and wor­ship.

Staff of the assembly, who became apprehensive, started rushing out of the complex to ensure the safety of their lives.

The session lasted for 10 minutes. The lawmakers sub­sequently briefed newsmen, who had patiently been wait­ing outside.

Omirin, who spoke on behalf of the lawmakers dis­closed that they were in the assembly to begin their legis­lative duties.

As they emerged from the assembly, some of them chanted: “Sai Buhari, Sai Baba,” the political slogan of the president-elect. Omi­rin described Olugbemi as an impostor, saying the right­ful owner of the position had come and that nobody dared stand in his way.

“Why are you surprised that we are here? I don’t ex­pect you to express surprise that we are in our offices, be­cause we are duly elected as members of the state House of Assembly.

“This is my office and I shouldn’t be asked why I am here. Though we have insti­tuted a case against the seven lawmakers for the fake im­peachment against me, that would not prevent us from do­ing what we are supposed to do,” Omirin stated .

When asked whether Bu­hari’s victory prompted their action, Omirin said

“No, that is not true. It was just a mere coincidence. Don’t forget that the fact that I was not here since November does not mean I have not been per­forming my duties. So, wheth­er Buhari is declared or not, we have to do our work.

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