APC lawmakers greet President-elect, caution Fayose over closure of assembly
The 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in Ekiti State House of Assembly have congratulated the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, for his victory in the presidential election held last weekend.
They also warned Governor Ayodele Fayose and factional speaker of the assembly, Mr Dele Olugbemi to stop directing the affairs of the Assembly, saying it was illegal to shut down the activities of the Parliament by illegal order of both the governor and Olugbemi.
A statement on their behalf by the Special Adviser on Media to the embattled speaker, Wole Olujobi, said the lawmakers at a parliamentary meeting held within the Assembly Complex on Tuesday expressed their confidence in the President-elect’s ability to face the challenges of the nation’s growth and development, saying that Nigerians’ belief in Buhari’s life of discipline and anti-corruption stance accounted for the massive votes he received across the country.
They urged the retired Army General to apply his military discipline and administrative acumen to steer the ship of the state and give hope to Nigerians again.
While congratulating Nigerians for their peaceful conduct during the election, they appealed to the citizens to imbibe democratic conduct and live in peace with fellow Nigerians to enjoy the maximum benefits of democracy under Buhari’s watch.
The lawmakers also described the governor’s action of ordering the lock down of the Assembly as a gross misconduct and abuse of executive power, noting that closing down a whole arm of government, including locking out the staff of House of Assembly Service Commission, was an act of intransigence and impunity.
“The seven PDP lawmakers have been sitting illegally. They did not sit yesterday. They have no power to shut out Assembly non-political officers, who are staff of the House of Assembly Service Commission, from their offices,” the statement said.
It condemned police meddlesomeness in the Assembly crisis, saying the police handling of the matter presented a clear partisanship in favour of the seven PDP lawmakers.
“The leader of the police team that shut the Assembly exhibited intentional ignorance by claiming that the Assembly matter is in court and that the House had been shut down three months ago and so APC cannot sit to do their job.
“Within the same period, the same police officer that led the police team to shut the House was giving cover for PDP lawmakers to sit.
“We need informed and neutral police that can douse tension in the state. The same police that are working against APC lawmakers were there when PDP leaders led thugs to the House shooting after APC lawmakers concluded their Parliamentary meeting.
“The police officers in Ekiti State should protect the integrity of the Nigeria Police,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the House has adjourned till next week to resume plenary to continue making laws for good governance in the state.
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