Ekiti Monarchs Wade Into Fayose, Assembly Crisis

Ekiti State monarchs have expressed readiness to initiate truce between Governor Ayo Fayose and the State House of Assembly members in the ongoing face-off between the two arms of government.
Omirin, Speaker Ekiti House of Assembly

This is as the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly has thrown its weight behind the purportedly ompeached Speaker, Adewale Omirin, as it maintained that the mode of his purported impeachment was illegal and unconstitutional.

Chairman, Ekiti State Council of Obas and Onitaji of Ekiti, Oba Adamo Babalola, who disclosed this to Sunday Independent in Ado-Ekiti, said the monarchs were already deliberating on how to arrest the situation before it gets out of hand.

Reacting to the allegation that the purportedly impeached Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin, and his colleagues plan to resume at Assembly complex on Monday, the conglomeration of the transport unions, okada riders, market men and women, including students in Ekiti State, have vowed to curtail any move that would lead to the breach of public peace in the state.

Omirin, has, however, denied reports that the 19 Assembly members currently in Lagos, were planning to storm Ekiti State on Monday with thugs from neighbouring state to cause mayhem.

He said that any breakdown of law and order is orchestrated by Fayose to implicate him.

Babalola also stated that the security agencies were expected to be alive to their responsibilities in the matter and do everything possible to prevent chaos in the state.

The monarch hoped that the politicians would ensure decorum and conduct themselves well, even in the face of disagreement.

“Well, we have been putting heads together to see how we can intervene in the matter.

“About the security, we expect that the Police would be alive to their responsibility by not allowing anybody, no matter how highly placed, to forment trouble in Ekiti. I think there should be decorum in whatever anybody does.”
The council had recently appealed to the gladiators to sheathe their swords and prevent further aggravation of the already bad situation.

“We are of the view that the people of the state had spoken through the ballot on June 21, 2014 and a mandate freely given.

“Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers therefore feels strongly that this mandate should be actualised as any attempt to truncate it may further aggravate the situation”, it warned.

The council also expressed implicit confidence in the ability of Ekiti judiciary to dispense justice on any matter judicially and impartially, urging that the body must continue to prove that it remains a dependable bastion of the common man.

However, Omirin’s Special Adviser on Media, Wole Olujobi, stated in a statement that such accusation by Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, that the lawmakers were planning to storm Ekiti with thugs, was an attempt to implicate the innocent All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers to set the people against them.

Olujobi, who said he would not have reacted to such a lie if not that Ekiti people do not know how the People Democratic Party (PDP) government operates, explained that close observers of PDP’s politics know that when the party leaders want to cause trouble and implicate the opponents, they will accuse the opponents of exactly what they intend to do and on the day they will carry out the plan, they will travel out of town and unleash aides to carry out the plan, while the aides in turn plead alibi for their leaders.

But, in a statement signed by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RETAN), Association of Market Women in Nigeria and the Federation of Ekiti State Students, the stakeholders warned the APC lawmakers to know the consequence of waging war against their state.
The statement jointly signed by Adekola Clement, Dahunsi Olaniyi, Awoniyi Tolulope Ayodele and Mrs Olabisi Okummolade, respectively, noted Fayose’s gesture by extending hands of friendship to the lawmakers, which according to them, was rebuffed.
Rather than reciprocating the gesture, they have occupied themselves by holding secret meetings, mapping out strategies on how they would destabilise the state and making it ungovernable for the governor,? the statement added.

Meanwhile, a former Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Tunji Odeyemi, has berated actions of the APC lawmakers in the face-off, saying they are the architect of their predicament.

Odeyemi, a PDP chieftain, remarked that that the legislative crisis being witnessed in Ekiti State is unnecessary and attributing it to an alleged double standard by APC Legislators .

The ex-Speaker, who led the Assembly during Fayemi’s first administration, insisted that the situation did not call for the kind of reactions and approaches launched by the APC members.

In another development, Chairman, Conference of Speakers of States Houses of Assembly,. Sam Ikon, faulted Omirin’s purported impeachment, while addressing journalists in Abuja.

He spoke during an interactive session of Civil Society Organisations and Speakers of State Houses of Assembly on “Constitution Amendment Bills awaiting passage”, organised by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC).

Ikon stated that there is nowhere in the world where a lesser number can outweigh the higher number.

He added that the conference is not partial and sentimental, adding that new speaker would have been recognised if Omirin impeachment had followed due process.

Also speaking, the embattled speaker, Omirin, said that Fayose has deep hatred for him and other members of the House of Assembly, who are of the APC.

Omirin, who said he is still the legally recognised speaker of the Ekiti House of Assembly, having been elected by members of the House, stated that seven members do not have the constitutional power to impeach him, because, such number did not constitute two third majority of the House.

Author: News Editor

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