Ekiti speaker faces contempt charge

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EKITI, AUGUST 5, 2016 – The Ekiti State House of Assembly member-elect for Ado Constituency 1, Toyin Obayemi, has gone back to the court to press a contempt charge against Speaker Kola Oluwawole for disobeying a court order to swear in the former.Obayemi’s lawyer, Olayinka Sokoya, said Oluwawole is running a risk of being committed to prison for holding the court of law in contempt for declining to admit his client as an Assembly member.

The lawmaker-elect, who came to the Assembly complex on Tuesday to present himself for swearing-in having been given the Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was blocked from entering the hallowed chamber.

Oluwawole ordered the Assembly security personnel ordered Obayemi to leave the premises after which to two main gates of the complex was shut.

An Ado Ekiti Federal High Court in a judgment delivered on July 4 by Justice Taiwo Taiwo sacked Musa Arogundade as the lawmaker representing the constituency ordered that Obayemi be sworn in immediately having been found to be the lawful candidate for the April 11 House of Assembly election.

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