By Gbenga Craig, Ado Ekiti.
The Deputy Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Adesegun Adewumi has been impeached.
The House, at its plenary on Thursday also removed it’s Chef Whip, Hon. Akinniyi Sunday.
Hon. Animasaun Adesina, representing Ekiti West Constituency 11 was elected as deputy speaker to replace Adewumi while Hon. Onigiobi Olawale, representing Ekiti South West constituency 1 was appointed as the new Chief Whip.
Hon. Adewumi was removed as deputy speaker after a motion moved by the Leader of Business, Hon. Akinyele Olatunji and seconded by Hon Olayanju Olanrewaju .
Hon Akinyele alleged that Hon Adewumi was found to have indulged in activities capable of bringing the dignity and integrity of the House to disrepute.
Other allegations against the impeached deputy speaker were gross misconduct, lack of leadership quality and acting in a way that could destabilize the state.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon (Pastor) Kola Oluwawole announced that 18 members of the Assembly signed the notice of impeachment of the deputy speaker in accordance to section 92 (2c) of the 1999 Constitution as amended .
Members present at plenary unanimously agreed that Hon Adewumi has exhibited high level of disloyalty and unpatriotic attitude and as such should be impeached.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Hon (Dr) Samuel Omotoso nominated Hon Animasaun as the new deputy speaker and was seconded by Hon Afolabi Akanni.
The nomination was unanimously accepted by members while the Speaker announced Hon Onigiobi as the replacement for the chief Whip in accordance to the directive of the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State.
In his acceptance speech, the new deputy speaker, Hon Animasaun said, he was honoured by the appointment and promised to perform his duties according to the Constitution.