Immediate past Governor of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi has denied having a hand in the impeachment of Gboyega Aribisogan, who was elected Speaker of the state house of assembly last week.
Fayemi said what happened was purely an internal arrangement of the state assembly.
The former governor spoke through Ahmad Sajoh of his media office in a statement on Monday.
The statement read in full, “We note the allegation by the former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Gboyega Aribisogan, that his impeachment was masterminded by Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the immediate past Governor of the State.
“We wish to clarify that Dr. Fayemi had nothing to do with the removal of the former Speaker by his peers as this was the internal arrangement of the State House of Assembly.
“We wish to note that even as Governor, Dr. Fayemi did not interfere with the independence of the House and respected the principle of separation of powers where the House had
freedom to decide on their internal affairs.”
Aribisogan had accused the former governor of the brains behind the crisis that engulfed the assembly.
Aribisogan claimed that the former governor had camped seven lawmakers in Fem Guest House, Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, planning for his impeachment.
He added that Fayemi was yet to congratulate him as the Speaker of State despite sending a text message to him about his emergence as Speaker of the Assembly.
“The majority of members of Assembly voted for me, but few of them, who felt, perhaps I did not follow the directive of the former Governor, Dr. Fayemi, thought that they would make the state ungovernable for even the administration,” Aribisogan on a Channels Television programme: “Sunday Politics.”
He added: “I didn’t have any quarrel with him.
“I sent a message to him even last night, asking: ‘What is happening? Am I no longer one of your loyalists? Why did you not congratulate me?’
“Up till now that I’m speaking with you, he has not done anything.
“Otherwise, he has been going around calling our members to go and impeach me tomorrow.
“That is the truth.
“As I’m speaking with you, seven of our members are locked up in Fem Guest House in Ado Ekiti, planning on how to impeach me tomorrow (today) in cahoots with some of his former aides like the former Commissioner for Justice.”