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Ekiti Speaker denies row in Assembly over tribunal judgements
Source: The Nation ekiti.com News Section:  Ekiti Date: Monday, May 17, 2010


Remi Koleosho

CONTRARY to speculations that the Ekiti State House of Assembly is split over the two judgements delivered at the state Election Petitions Tribunal, Speaker Olatunji Odeyemi says “the tribunal judgements have not caused any division in the House”.

Speaking at a press conference addressed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus at the Assembly in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Odeyemi said the House still remains united, despite the reservations about the judgement in the Action Congress (AC) camp.

Both the AC and the PDP have 13 members each in the Assembly, which makes the House a peculiar one.

The tribunal sitting in Ado-Ekiti recently delivered its judgements in the governorship rerun elections in the state exactly a year after.

While the majority judgement dismissed the petition filed by Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the AC against the election of Governor Segun Oni for lack of merit, the minority reaffirmed Fayemi as the winner of the polls.

The speaker maintained that all the standing committees of the House, including the ones chaired by the AC members, are functioning, contrary to the speculations that the Assembly had ceased to exist since the judgements were delivered.

His words: “The House is on full course. We are working both at committee and at parliamentary levels. I can say that anywhere.

“I want to clarify that the Assembly does not function alone or depend solely on plenary session; we can go the other way to perform our oversight function.”

Reading out the resolutions of the PDP caucus, entitled Ekiti PDP Lawmakers to AC: Don’t Destroy Our Judiciary, the Leader of Government Business in the House, Mr. Olayiwola Oke, on behalf of other members, rebuked the opposition for allegedly castigating the judiciary over its ruling that validated the election of Oni.

The PDP lawmakers wondered why the AC only sees the judiciary as the last bastion when a ruling is in its favour.

He asked: “If actually Oni had induced the judges, how much did the opposition spend to have judgements in favour of governors Olusegun Mimiko and Adams Oshiomole?

“We know that their propaganda, especially the hurling of insults on the eminent jurists, was targeted at whipping up sentiments, so that the verdict of the Appeal Court in Ilorin can be in their favour.”

The AC had earlier in a statement signed by its Director of Communications, Yemi Adaramodu, asked the PDP and its members to face the Saharareporters, which published on the Internet that N3 billion bribe was offered to the three judges that delivered the verdict in favour of Oni, rather than the party (AC), which he said had nothing to contribute to the allegation.

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