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Ekiti Assembly crisis: APC House candidate hails Oyebanji, monarchs’ roles

From Priscilla Ediare, Ado Ekiti

Mr Akinlayo Davidson Kolawole, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and House of Representatives candidate for Ekiti North Federal Constituency (II), in the 2023 general election, has hailed the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers for its timely intervention in the recent crisis that rocked the state House of Assembly.

Similarly, he commended the governor of the state, Biodun Oyebanji, for his commitment to the rule of law and separation of powers in the state and for walking the talk of not interfering in the affairs of the legislative arm.of government.

Akinlayo, in a statement made available to journalists in Ado- Ekiti, also commended the leadership of the House of Assembly for agreeing with the conflict resolution efforts of the monarchs and readmitting the previously suspended lawmakers to the House.

The APC chieftain noted that the speed at which the impasse was resolved was a pointer to the fact that both the governor and the royal fathers are desirous of peace and radical development in Ekiti.

“Let me use this opportunity to commend our royal fathers for the quick and genuine efforts at ending the parliamentary fiasco in Ekiti. I want to equally salute our amiable governor Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji (BAO) for being a true leader and statesman .The governor’s refusal to be dragged into the assembly’s feud is a good omen for the state and our democracy.

“It is my hope that the executive and legislature will now be working on the same page in order to better the lots of the common man in Ekiti,” Akinlayo said.

The Reps candidate also expressed appreciation to other stakeholders, particularly the APC leadership in Ekiti for showing genuine concern about the recent upheaval in the Assembly stressing that conflict resolution is a function of genuine passion and sincerity.

He therefore urged the monarchs and the good people of Ekiti State to continue to give their support to the current administration in order to deliver the much needed dividends of democracy.

The Ekiti Assembly was recently enmeshed in leadership crisis which led to the purported removal and election of its Speakers

Two lawmakers, Rt. Hons. Gboyega Aribisogan and Olubunmi Adelugba had been laying claim to the Speakership, the reason for the monarchs’ peace meeting.

However, the stakeholders have resolved that Rt. Hon Adelugba, who was elected by the majority should be allowed to function as the Speaker.

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