- A member of the Ekiti state House of Assembly has accused the governor of victimization
- Gboyega Aribisogan said Governor Ayodele Fayose instigated his suspension because he refused to prostrate before him
- He also alleged that the governor paid some of his party members N200,000 each to fabricate petitions against him
A member of the Ekiti state House of Assembly Gboyega Aribisogan has alleged that the governor Ayodele Fayose plotted his suspension over his refusal to prostrate before him.
Aribisogan also the governor had expected him to beg him for forgiveness over an offence he never committed but was surprised by his refusal.
Speaking on his recent suspension by the state House of Assembly, the Ekiti lawmaker said other political appointees had urged to prostrate to the governor at a reconciliation meeting brokered between him and Fayose by Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Chief Afe Babalola.
Aribisogan who was suspended in October 2016, also apologized to the people of Ekiti state for contributing to the reinstatement of Fayose as governor.
He also alleged that some party members in his ward were bribed with N200,000 each and compelled to write a 'frivolous' petition against him.
He also said that a panel inaugurated by the state had submitted its report to the governor while he (Aribisogan) was asked to appear before it on Thursday.
He claimed that the governor was also using the state House of Assembly to spoil the minds of the deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and the chairman of Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees Walid Jibrin against him.
“I cannot confess the sin I did not commit; they (party leaders) asked him to prostrate and beg Fayose but I refused and in the process they brought out a camera with the intent of taking my photographs," Aribisogan said.
"Fayose flared up when I refused to prostrate and beg him and vowed that he would not allow me to return to the House.
“For somebody to say he would not allow an elected representative of the people to go back to the Assembly shows the type of character Fayose is. He got 14,000 votes from my constituency and he has done nothing for the people.
“I have petitioned the Inspector General of Police and all of us will go there and explain ourselves. On June 8 when I went to resume, I had an information that they will storm the House with thugs but I went there to see whether they would kill me.
“If they want to shoot me dead, I am ready. I am not an appointee of Fayose, I was elected the same way he was elected. I apologize to all Ekiti people for joining hands to bring him back to power and that is why he is misbehaving now.
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“The Inspector General of Police had given an order that nothing should happen to me; the House of Assembly belongs to Ekiti people and not to Ayo Fayose. Fayose has brought odium and shame to Ekiti State.
“He is owing the Assembly six months salaries, Ekiti lawmakers are crying underneath because many of them are heavily indebted. Fayose threatened that he would recall me, let him go ahead but I will never prostrate for Fayose," the suspended lawmaker added.
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