Gboyega Aribisogan, the impeached speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, has made it clear that he intends to approach the court regarding the alleged illegal impeachment of some members of the state legislature against him.
According to Akahi News, the Ekiti-aggrieved legislator stated that plans are underway to go to court and that consultations with his lawyers are still ongoing.
He says that it can’t be later than this week because “we are filing our papers in court” right now.
Punch was informed by the beleaguered legislator that he had already taken the police to court for an alleged six-day “illegal occupation” of the Assembly complex.
According to Akahi News, Aribisogan was selected as the speaker of Ekiti on November 15 by 15 of the Assembly’s 25 members.
Aribisogan, who was impeached on Monday after six days in office as speaker maintained that “The purported impeachment of Mr Speaker and suspension of seven members are illegal, ultra vires, null and void and of no effect. The actions are not legally sustainable and will definitely be quashed at a court of competent jurisdiction.
“We are going to court; there is no doubt about that. We are still consulting with our lawyers. It cannot be later than this week. Any moment from now, we are filing our papers in court.
“We had filed an action against the police at the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, on Monday. It is about the illegal occupation of the Ekiti State House of Assembly for six days; we have sued the police for that. The police illegally sealed the Assembly for six days. They have to explain to us with credible evidence.”
His resolution to go to court follows his impeachment by about 17 lawmakers on Monday at a plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Hakeem Jamiu, accusing him of sabotaging the passage of the 2022 Supplementary Budget Bill.
Aribisogan was replaced by the newly appointed speaker, Mrs Olubunmi Adelugba.
However, Akahi News gathered that the police claimed to be acting on an intelligence report of a purported invasion of the House, therefore it sealed the Assembly complex since November 16.