Once more, palpable uncertainty is looming in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, as residents await the next line of action from the 19 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State House of Assembly over their botched plot to impeach Governor Ayo Fayose and his Deputy, Dr Kolapo Olusola.
The tenure of the present assembly members ends officially on Thursday, June 4, 2015.
This notwithstanding, roads leading to the Assembly had been barricaded on Sunday, while security was beefed up around the complex.
There has so far been poor communication on the matter from both sides since the peace parley held in Akure, capital of neighbouring Ondo State, ended in deadlock.
A media report (not in Daily Independent) that the aggrieved lawmakers have been paid their entitlements as offered by the government during the parley, as has been refuted by Wole Olujobi, spokesman to the embattled Speaker, Adewale Omirin.
Olujobi, in a statement, described the report as mischievous and falls short of the basic tenet of journalism such as the need to always report facts, rather than peddling rumours and unfounded allegations.
He said the lawmakers are shocked at the lamenting that the reporter did not dwell on their responses to his questions, when he called to get the facts of the matter, preferring instead, to file his report based on rumour, blackmail and outright lies.
“It is shocking that newspapers choose not to believe us but overzealously believe in the purported sources that thrive in falsehood, lies and propaganda while working for the government.
“The reporter in one breath said his investigation revealed that the lawmakers had been paid, yet he reported that both Fayose and the lawmakers did not confirm the report as they refused to talk to him. If this were the case, then who are the sources that confirmed to the reporter that the lawmakers had been paid?”
“To make matters worse, contrary to the reporter’s claim that we did not talk to him, we told him at our end that we have not been paid. Apart from getting this fact from us, the Speaker’s media aide told him the same and so we are surprised that the reporter is claiming that he received no information from us.
“In fact, as at Saturday night the alerts we received from our bank were deficit alerts and so we wonder where the reporter got his story.
“It is unfortunate that just because the reporter wanted to file an exclusive report for his paper, he went ahead to report this falsehood motivated by blackmail.
“Let us even agree without conceding that we were paid our lawful entitlements, what favour does the governor do to us by that after illegally cutting short our tenure by seven months and putting us in harrowing inconveniences in addition to his brazen rape on the Constitution of Nigeria? Must payment of our legal entitlements prevent us from defending the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which we swore to protect?
“Where are the indications of payment when embargo is placed on our accounts by the governor? Even those who should know in government are wondering where the reporter got his story because there is never any payment to the lawmakers.”
Meanwhile, commercial drivers’ unions in the state, on Sunday evening, warned the aggrieved lawmakers not to do anything capable of breaching the peace before the end of their tenure.
A statement by Chairmen of the Road Transport Employers Association, Comrade Samuel Agbede and the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Comrade Clement Adekola, among others, said they were aware that the lawmakers are again camped in Oshogbo, Osun State. The unions said the lawmakers are planning to move to Ado-Ekiti Sunday night warning that “all efforts by the APC lawmakers and their sponsors to throw Ekiti State into chaos will be resisted by whatever means possible.”
“Since the governor had paid their entitlements and it remains just four days for the lawmakers to leave office, attempting to carry out any impeachment will amount to a direct attack on the people that voted Governor Fayose and we will resist it even with our blood.
“We heard that they want to come in the night, and we want to assure them that we are waiting for them.
“The other time that the APC lawmakers invaded Ekiti, they killed one of our members; Modupe Olaya and nothing happened. This time, we will not allow such to happen.
“Our advice is that the APC lawmakers should respect the decision of Ekiti people and stop acting like a congregation of spoilers, who won’t mind pulling Ekiti State down just because of their selfish interests,” the unions concluded.