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Ekiti house of Commotion


The controversy over who is in control of the Ekiti house of assembly still lingers on and now been compared with the TV comedy series ’Fuji  house of commotion’. The 19 APC lawmakers are still laying claims to controlling the house and insist they have serve impeachment notice to the governor Ayo Fayose who is saying he is yet to see the notice.

According to the APC lawmakers, they have asked the chief judge to set up a seven a panel to investigate the governor. According to the APC lawmakers they have written to the chief judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola to set up a seven man panel to investigate the impeachable offences. ‘at a special sitting held at Mary Hills Boys High School,Ado-Ekiti on Thursday , the lawmakers said they relied on section 101 of the 1999 constitution as amended, which empowers the assembly to regulate their sittings ,including sitting in a public building within the state capital if conditions exist in the hallowed chamber that endangers members lives.’ It is however, curious that the lawmakers could have held meeting in a school compound where WAEC exams were conducted. Both students and staff are not aware of meetings by the lawmakers in the premises.

Meanwhile, the registrar of the court, Obafemi Fasanmi says he is not aware of any correspondence by the lawmakers asking the chief judge to set up any panel to investigate the governor.

The special assistant on public communication to Governor Ayo Fayose, Lere Olayinka says the state house of assembly is on recess. No sitting is taking place. He said parliamentary processing does can only be held at the state house of assembly. He however, says they are free to hold social and political meeting in any part of the world.

It remains to be seen current scenario will play out as the state goes to vote on Saturday, particularly, as 10 lawmakers of the 19 protesting lawmakers will be seeking re-election.

Just as the civil servants across the country return from the Easter break, those of the counterpart in Ekiti were stopped from entering their offices in the state secretariat. They were turned back by the security agents.

The protesting worker said that governor Fayose has restored hope to the people of the state. They criticised the APC for trying to destabilise the state for personal interest. The assistant secretary general of the trade union congress, Femi Debo said that they have confidence in the government of Ayo Fayose. According to him, with Fayose, the civil servants have not seen anything wrong that could lead to the impeachment of the governor. He said that the politicians must not incite the civil service against the government. He urged the politicians to allow peace to reign.

Meanwhile, the assistant commissioner of police, Funsho Adegboye who led the team urged the unionists to be peaceful so as not to allow the protest to escalate as to affect the peace of the state.

There has been news of the attempt by the APC to impeach Governor Ayo Fayose which has led to the protest. On Monday, the supporters of the governor and the PDP gathered on the road to the state of assembly in what they called meeting and picnic.

Meanwhile, governor Fayose says he was yet to receive any impeachment notice. The governor during his monthly interaction with the media asked his supporters to ignore the threat of impeachment by the APC. He said he would defeat the APC again on April11.

He said what the APC want is to plunge the state into crisis the way they did after he left office in 2006. He said what they did in the past to impeach him will fail this time. He added that what angered the APC was that during the June 21 election, he gave them 16- 0. Again during the presidential election, he gave them 16-0. He said the APC knows he will give them26-0 in the April 11 election.

He said that president-elect Muhammadu Buhari emerged due to the grace of God. If President Goodluck Jonathan had won, would he have gone to impeach governor Aregbesola in Osun state or Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state.

Buhari’s emergence he said can only be a threat to his seat where there is no rule of law, because Nigeria is a federation. Even the former speaker, honourable Adewale Omirin is not the speaker, so he cannot carry out any impeachment against him. He said his government is a people’s government and no power of darkness can remove him.

Meanwhile, the Ekiti state council of traditional rulers will meet tomorrow. The chairman of the council and the Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, Oba Adamo Babalola says they will not fold their hands and watch the state disintegrate.

According to the Oba ‘we have been told that the runaway legislators are coming back to Ekiti state and that impeachment notice has been served. I don’t know whether that is true, but we need to give peace a chance and allow the Obas to come in and deliberate on the matter. We have made attempt to settle the dispute between the executive and the legislature but the legislators did not answer us.

‘I don’t know why coming to Ekiti should involve impeachment.  We will hold a meeting on Thursday to deliberate on the matter. People should be allowed to go about their businesses and they should use the court to resolve the issue.