Ekiti assembly crisis: Monarchs intervene, urge ousted president to accept fate


Traditional rulers in Ekiti State have intervened in the crisis in the state House of Assembly over the election and impeachment of Gboyega Aribisogan as Speaker of the House.

The monarchs, after meeting with the rival groups at the house on Monday, urged Arbisogan to withdraw the lawsuit he filed in court against his impeachment.

The peace meeting, held at Ado Ekiti’s Ewi palace, made a five-point resolution, including that the house lift the suspension of Mr. Arbisogan and members of his camp.

The monarchs, led by their president, Isan Ekiti onisan Gabriel Adejuwon, in the resolution noted that 22 members of the House were already in favor of the new president, Olubunmi Adelugba.

In that sense, they warned Mr. Arbisogan to abandon his claim for the position so that “the Assembly can move forward and the State can enjoy peace.”

They also stated that in addition to reinstating Mr. Arbisogan, the house must withdraw other punitive measures against him.

The two groups had defended their actions, with all 16 members present with the new Speaker, stating that she was validly elected.

For his part, Arbisogan had told the monarchs that he went to court to clear his name.

Following pleas from the traditional, he said he would discuss the matter with his lawyers before taking further action.

“Once someone is indicted, they cannot be elected until after 10 years,” he said, adding that the case was brought to enforce their fundamental human rights.

The president of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Paul Omotoso, was asked to implore his party caucus to resolve the status of the ousted president in order to restore his membership.

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The monarchs recognized the supremacy of the party and blamed Mr. Arbisogan and his supporters for disobeying the party by not initially electing Ms. Adelugba as directed.

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It will be recalled that the election of Mr. Arbisogan as Speaker was contrary to the party’s directive, which led to threats of attacks on the Chamber.

Aribisogan’s presidency lasted only a week, as an impeachment trial drawn up by party leaders under the supervision of security agencies was carried out against him.

The state’s top lawyers criticized the impeachment process and called for his reinstatement.

But APC and the assembly rejected his position, saying the process was in line with the 1999 constitution and that of his party.

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