Ekiti Assembly crisis: 2022 budget passage risks delay, take charge, ensure normalcy returns


From Priscilla Ediare, Ado-EkitiA human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has warned that if the current crisis in the Ekiti State House of Assembly is not urgently resolved, may hinder the House from passing the 2022 Budget on time.According to him, undue delay in the budget passage may be detrimental to the development of the state.Expressing regrets at the ugly development in the Assembly, Falana warned those he described as enemies of democracy in the State to allow the House function in line with the country’s constitution.In a statement, the Ekiti-born legal icon,advised the Governor of the state, Biodun Oyebanji, to take charge and ensure the immediate restoration of law and order in the House of Assembly.He said; “Last week, the members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly elected a new Speaker, Honourable Gboyega Aribisogan to replace Honourable Niyi Afuye who recently passed on.“Even though the election of the new leaders of the House was adjudged fair and free, the Ekiti State Police Command was reported to have sealed off the House of Assembly complex based on intelligence report that some disgruntled elements were planning to set it ablaze and attack the democratically elected leaders of the House.”“We commend the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Morounkeji Adesina for foiling the dubious plan of the criminally minded elements.“However, we call on the Police Chief to provide adequate security for the members of the House to discharge their constitutional duty of enacting laws for the State and attend to matters of urgent importance.“We are compelled to advise the Chief Security Officer of Ekiti State, Governor Biodun Oyebanji to take charge and ensure the immediate restoration of law and order in the House of Assembly to enable him to present the 2022 Appropriation Bill of the State.Otherwise, the passage of the Ekiti State 2022 budget will be unduly delayed to the detriment of the development of the State.”

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