Ekiti PDP Lawmaker-Elect Demands To Be Sworn In

File: Governor Ayo Fayose congratulating the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole after his swearing-in in 2015

Toyin Obayemi, a member-elect of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, has written an open letter to governor Ayo Fayose, asking him to direct the Speaker of the Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, to obey court orders and swear him into office.

In the letter, Obayemi alleged that members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have been obstructing his inauguration, despite a valid court order to that effect.

A Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti had on July 4, ousted Musa Arogundade, who represented Ado-Ekiti 1 constituency, ruling that Obayemi was the validly elected candidate in April 11, 2015 election that held in Ekiti State, and ordering that he be sworn in immediately.

In the letter copied to the traditional ruler of Ado-Ekiti, Adeyemo Adejugbe, and one of Nigeria’s most prominent lawyers, Afe Babalola, SAN, Obayemi said the persistent refusal of the PDP-dominated Assembly to swear him in “is portraying the party in bad light”.

The letter read in part: “We must not forget that this is a case of PDP versus PDP and the opposition will not stop laughing at us as a result of the stand of the Speaker refusing to obey court judgment.

“Sir, I remain a committed and a financial member of the party, and as the leader of the party here in Ekiti, I want to urge you to look at this case from the point of view that all members of the party are one and equal before you, and I appeal to you to use your good offices to let the world know that PDP is not a lawless party.”



    Obayemi said it was mind boggling that the speaker of the House has refused to swear him in on the excuse that the case was still at the appeal court.

    “I want to say that till date, I am yet to receive a letter informing me of such position,” he said.

    He urged the governor to “please advise the Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, to do the needful in accordance with the court judgment of July 4, 2016, and perform my swearing-in ceremony.”

    “Permit me with every sense of respect to say that the Speaker should know that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones,” Obayemi concluded.

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