The 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in Ekiti State House of Assembly have stated that the peace meeting brokered by Chief Afe Babalola between them and Governor Ayodele Fayose could not hold on Thursday because of security reports that their safety could not be guaranteed at the meeting.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the Speaker, Wole Olujobi, the meeting was a booby trap by the governor to attack APC lawmakers. He further stated that the fear of APC lawmakers was heightened when security agents told them that they could not guarantee their safety in Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State, despite the promise by Babalola that arrangement had. been made to provide 200 police men to protect them.
“The sources also gave accurate information on how Fayose planned to storm the Assembly to illegally impeach Speaker Omirin and illegally install Dele Olugbemi, the same way they gave accurate information on the attack on our secretariat, including the types of guns and number and colours of vehicles to be used for the attack,” he said.
Listing conditions for peace, the lawmakers demanded the immediate removal of all illegal structures that aid the activities of thugs and miscreants in and around the Ekiti State House of Assembly premises, restoration of the constitutionally recognised Speaker, Hon. Omirin Adewale Albert, and other principal officers illegally impeached to their lawful positions.
They also want the 19 APC lawmakers to be allowed unfettered access to and from the Ekiti State House of Assembly to perform their legislative duties until the expiration of their tenure on June 6, 2015.
Other conditions for peace, they said, include cessation of political arrests and vendetta against APC members and the governor should facilitate these demands between now and May 4, 2015.
While commending the genuine intention of some people to bring the political crisis in the state to an end, the lawmakers said they want such a meeting to be held in Ibadan or anywhere outside the state. The members promised to take financial responsibility for the meeting to be held at a neutral place. They also demanded an impartial role by those involved in mediating.