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Ekiti Workers Protest Against Plot To Impeach Fayose




WORKERS in Ekiti State yesterday staged a peaceful protest against a plot by 19 All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmakers to impeach Governor Ayodele Fayose.

Apart from commercial and social activities that were paralysed by the workers, vehicular movement was disrupted till noon, ensuring that all workers complied with the stay-at-home directive to show solidarity for the governor.

When journalists visited the Nigeria Labour Congress secretariat, the place was under lock and key, while  commercial motorcyclists had to stay away from all major roads because  of the barricades mounted at regular intervals to ensure strict compliance with the restriction  order .

The labour leaders under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), converged at Fajuyi Park as early as 6am, and warned that any attempt to impeachFayose would trigger  serious crisis  in the state.

Addressing newsmen  on the impeachment saga, NLC Secretary in the state, Comrade Ade Obatoye stated that the restiveness being allegedly caused  by the lawmakers has been affecting  the citizens of the state.

He urged the lawmakers to allow the people to enjoy the mandate freely given to Fayose during the June 21 governorship election.

“Though we agree with Hon Adewale Omirin that he has the right to fight for his rights, but he must wait for the outcome of the suit he instituted against his impeachment. He cannot because of his impeachment plunge Ekiti into crisis, because he stands impeached until the court rules otherwise.

“But staying in Osun or Lagos State and be hurling stones at Ekiti is uncalled for and selfish. Former Governors  Niyi Adebayo and Kayode Fayemi  of the APC  ruled the state in peace. But when Fayose  and Segun Oni of the PDP came, trouble started. We will not allow this to continue because Ekiti belongs to all of us.

“The people of Ekiti did not only vote for Fayose, but the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, has also re-affirmed it. We
appeal to the APC to wait for four years when there will be chance to elect another governor and if they can appeal to our people, they can get it back. But not the way they are presently doing.

“In an atmosphere of unrest just as we are witnessing now, the citizens will bear the brunt. The will of the people must be allowed to prevail. The loser of elections must allow the winner to enjoy it’, Obatoye said.

He added: “We beg the lawmakers to allow Fayose to settle for work so that the people can enjoy the dividends of democracy in the areas of infrastructure development. The loser in Lagos governorship election, Mr Jimi Agbaje has congratulated Mr Akin Ambode and this is what we envisage for Ekiti.

“If actually Omirin and his people knew they were popular, they would not have run away from the state because the people will be ready to defend them. Our advice to them is to embrace peace because we are going to resist any attempt to impeach Fayose.”

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