A renowned constitutional and human rights lawyer, Dr Kayode Ajulo, has joined the league of leading legal luminaries in Nigeria to condemn the recent controversies over the leadership of the Ekiti State House of Assembly.
Ajulo, in a statement released to Blueprint, Sunday in Abuja, said political players in Ekiti should not allow selfish personal interests that brewed the sad commentary coming from Ekiti State constitutes a great disservice to the State’s enviable records and indelible marks of honour to national building and development.
The human rights lawyer was reacting to the removal of the speaker of the state house of assembly, Gboyega Aribisogan.
Aribisogan, who was elected following the the demise of Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, was removed from his position and suspended indefinitely on Monday after spending only six days in office.
Aribisogan was later replaced by Olubunmi Adelugba, lawmaker representing Emure constituency, who had lost to Aribisogan during the previous contest for speaker of the house.
Ajulo, who hailed Aare Afe Babalola, Wole Olanipekun, Femi Falana and other notable legal professionals from the State following their collective stance on the allegedly controversial change of leadership in the assembly, also described the event as “a glaring rape of democracy and an intentional violation of the rule of law.”
Ajulo described the position of the foremost lawyers as a just fight to strengthen democracy and uphold the laws of the country, saying impunity is detrimental to the development of a nation.
He said: ” You cannot underestimate the unmatchable contributions and services of these notable men to the development of the legal profession and general growth of this country.
“I commend these noble jurists for their collective stance on this sheer and gory impudence on the symbol of democracy in their State, Ekiti. Deliberate violation of the rule of law must not stand in Ekiti State or anywhere else. I therefore urged other notable figures in the legal profession to join in the call to end deliberate violation of the constitution of the country.”