Biodun Oyebanji, the governor of Ekiti State, has described as a “family affair” the recent crisis in the state house of assembly.
TheCornet had reported the removal by 17 majority members of the former house of assembly speaker, Gboyega Aribisogan. Not done, the majority members also suspended Aribisogan and six others allied with him. The replacement is Hon. Olubunmi Adelugba, who was formally presented to Oyebanji on Tuesday.
The crisis had also sparked rumour of a disagreement between Oyebanji and his predecessor Kayode Fayemi. But the governor had explained that there was no crisis in the party, but rather “a family affair”.
“I refused from day one to be drawn into it simply because I swore an oath to defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The constitution is clear of the powers and functions of all the arms of government.
“I am leading the executive arm of government, they don’t interfere in what I do and it will be wrong and a violation of the constitution for me to interfere in what is going on in the House of Assembly.
“What I have done as your governor is to ensure that I protect lives and property and that is within my power as the governor of this state. I have not interfered but I’m happy with the outcome. As progressives, we have a culture and the culture is respect for leadership,” Oyebanji said.
“The APC is one. I’m a loyal member of this party; the APC gave me the platform to stand on, without the APC, I will not be here today,” he added.
He also appealed to the speaker for speedy passage of the state budget before the assembly.