Ekiti Assembly Impeaches Deputy Speaker Over ‘Insubordination To Constituted Authority’

The Ekiti House of Assembly yesterday impeached Deputy Speaker Segun Adewumi for alleged gross misconduct and insubordination to constituted authority.

Adewumi, who is representing Ekiti West Constituency I, was elected deputy speaker on June 6, 2015, before he was removed in 2017 by pro-Ayodele Fayose lawmakers for alleged disloyalty.

When Governor Kayode Fayemi took over on October 16, last year, Adewumi was reinstated to his former position, following the suspension of the then Speaker Kola Oluwawole, his deputy, Sina Animasaun and 12 other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the Assembly.

Adewumi was removed again for alleged disloyalty and causing disaffection among the legislators.

Reacting to the development, a source in the Assembly said: “He was removed at plenary for committing some offences.

Under Matter of Public Importance, the Leader of Business, Chief Gboyega Aribisagan, moved the motion for Adewumi’s impeachment, and this was seconded by Sunday Akinniyi (Ikere-Ekiti II).

The motion for the appointment of a new Deputy Speaker was moved by Olanrewaju Olayoju and seconded by Cecelia Dada.

Speaker Adeniran Alagbada immediately swore-in a new deputy speaker, Posi Omodara, of Irepodun/Ifelodun.

Also, the Assembly has passed this year’s Appropriation Bill of N129.9 billion submitted by Governor Kayode Fayemi on December 21, last year.

The passing of the bill followed the presentation of a report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation at plenary in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

Presenting the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Badejo Anifowose, noted that the key areas include the desire of the Fayemi administration to establish an effective and efficient strategy to revamp the state’s economy.

Anifowose said N72.7 billion of the budget will go to recurrent while N57.2 billion will be for capital expenditures.

He said the committee would embark on a quarterly monitoring and tracking of the budget to ensure its implementation.

The budget was unanimously passed by the lawmakers after Aribisogan moved the motion for its passage.

Alagbada praised his colleagues for their prompt action on the budget proposal.

The lawmaker urged them to remain steadfast so that the people would enjoy dividends of democracy.

The Speaker assured Ekiti residents that the budget, if eventually assented to by the governor, would restore hope in the society.

“I can assure the people of the state that the governor means well and is ready to restore hope,” he said.