Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti
Deputy Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Adesegun Adewumi, has been impeached.
The House, at its plenary, on Thursday, also removed its Chef Whip, Hon. Akinniyi Sunday.
Hon. Animasaun Adesina, representing Ekiti West Constituency II, was elected as deputy Speaker to replace while Hon. Onigiobi Olawale, representing Ekiti South West constituency I, was appointed as new Chief Whip of the Assembly.
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 the former deputy Speaker was found to have indulged in activities capable of bringing the dignity and integrity of the Assembly into disrepute.
Other allegations against the impeached deputy Speaker were gross misconduct, lack of leadership qualities and acting in a way that could destabilise the state.
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 with Section 92 (2c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
Members present at plenary unanimously agreed that Hon. Adewumi had exhibited high level of disloyalty and lack of patriotism and as such should be impeached.
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 with the directive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the state.
In his acceptance speech, the new deputy Speaker, Hon. Animasaun, said he was honoured by the election and promised to perform his duties in accordance with the constitution.