Buhari’s presidency not a threat to me, says Fayose
There was a palpable tension in Ado Ekiti yesterday as some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led some members to block all the major roads leading to the State House of Assembly Complex.
The PDP stalwarts apparently reacting to the rumour making round the state that the 19 All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmakers that had already served impeachment notice on Governor Ayo Fayose were to hold a session yesterday.
And not to be cut unawares the PDP leaders led by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kolapo Olusola , former Speaker, House of Assembly, Hon Tunji Odeyemi, Special Assistant to the Governor on Information, Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi, his colleague in the Public Communications, Lere Olayinka led hundred of party supporters to block all major roads leading to the Assembly complex.
They got to the Secretariat as early as 8am and discussed issues bordering on the impeachment issue that had generated so much anxiety and the coming April House of Assembly election.
Nine Hilux Vans belonging to the Police and the Department of State Security Service , carrying heavily armed personnel were stationed at the two entrances of the Assembly Complex.
They danced to the music being supplied in front of the old Assembly complex where they were restricted by security agencies.
Some of them sat quietly under the canopies erected in front of the old Assembly complex, which was just two poles away from the new complex.
Briefing newsmen on why they converged at the Assembly, Ogunsuyi said the Omirin-led lawmakers erred in law by claiming that they had sent a notice of impeachment to the Governor, saying it was a complete misfire for Omirin to be claiming speakership while also challenging his impeachment in the Court of Law.
“We don’t want any unwholesome issue because the task of developing Ekiti is an onerous task that needed to be pursued with vigour. The Governor doesn’t want any distraction and that is why he has been pursuing peace at all times.
Meanwhile, the APC lawmakers have advised Fayose to stop stoking violence over his impeachment notice.
Reacting to the protest of PDP members in the premises of the House of Assembly by suspected PDP thugs on Monday, the lawmakers said resorting to violence against Ekiti people was compounding his problems.
In a statement by Special Adviser on Media to Speaker Adewale Omirin, Wole Olujobi, the lawmakers said violence would not solve the burden of constitutional breaches that the governor had placed on himself.
They frowned at the invasion of the Assembly by suspected PDP thugs, wondering why a governor that had questions to answer on legal matters would get himself involved in other illegal matters such as the invasion of the Assembly by thugs to cause public disorder.
Also, speaking on the plan to impeach him, Fayose yesterday advised the APC lawmakers to stop chasing shadow.
He told them that latching on the victory of Buhari to thwart the will of people in Ekiti will not work because Buhari will obey the rule of law.
Fayose who spoke , while appearing on a monthly programme tagged ‘Mr Governor’s Explains’ on State-based media , urged his supporters not to be
rattled by the impeachment fever , saying he would defeat the APC this time round.
He said the impeachment threat flying around in the State does not rattle him in any way, saying the plot against him is against the people of the State, who put him in the present position.
The Governor said what the APC wanted was to take over the State and plunge the State into crisis the way they did after he left in 2006.
Waxing philosophical and quoting copiously from the Holy Bible, Fayose
said the plan to impeach him won’t be successful the way it happened during his first term.
“What actually infuriated the APC is that during the June 21 election, I gave them 16-0. Again, during the presidential election, I gave them 16-0 again. They know that I will give them 26-0 in the next Saturday election.