The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin, has dared Governor Ayodele Fayose to arrest him and 18 other lawmakers for holding a plenary in the state capital. Fayose asked the police to arrest the dissident lawmakers, who are all of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Wole Olujobi, Special Adviser on Media to Omirin, said last Friday sitting of the 19 legislators was legal and in consonance with Section 101 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. The section, Olujobi states, empowers the House to conduct its businesses, including sittings in public buildings within a state capital. Olujobi also cited a Supreme Court ruling reinforcing the same.
“The governor or the police cannot arrest us for performing our constitutional duty,” the statement stated.
Olujobi further stated that “Governor Fayose has kept armed thugs permanently in the House of Assembly to attack us. We can’t put ourselves in harm’s way, yet we have a responsibility to our constituents to make laws for good governance. That is why we followed the law to sit to consider issues on the ongoing constitutional amendment.”
Omirin said the sitting was spurred by the need for the state to have representation to the National Assembly on the constitutional amendment process.
“Ekiti State has just one House of Assembly. That is why the National Assembly acknowledged the receipt of our resolutions on the constitutional amendment.
“If they are sure of their status, let them approach the National Assembly or the judiciary for recognition,” he added.