The 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers in Ekiti State House of
Assembly have vowed to go ahead with the impeachment proceedings against
Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The embattled Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin, has forwarded a notice of
gross misconduct to the governor and his deputy, Dr. Olusola Eleka.
Omirin has also requested the Chief Judge of Ekiti, Justice Ayodeji
Daramola, to raise a seven-man panel to investigate the two over
allegations of impunity, violence and stalking, among other
constitutional breaches levelled against them.
Omirin confirmed to The PUNCH on Wednesday that the impeachment plot was still in top gear and would be followed to the end.
The labour unions comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade
Union Congress and Joint Negotiating Council also planned to host a
solidarity forum for the governor on Thursday (today) and Friday.
Omirin, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Wole Olujobi, said:
“The impeachment process will proceed;
we are expecting the Chief Judge to act soon on our letter asking him to
set up a seven-member panel. There is no going back on the process. The
matter is set for the next stage.
It is about the governor breaching the
Constitution. We are guided by the Constitution. There are laid down
rules and regulations that guide the conduct of public office holders.
Once you commit an infraction, you have to face the consequence.
The governor has to answer the allegations; the Assembly will give him a fair hearing. We will follow every step.”
Omirin countered claims that the governor had not been served the impeachment notice.
“If he was not aware, why did he go to
court to try to stop the impeachment plot? What is the basis if he was
not served? As far as we are concerned, he has been served. We’ll resume
very soon. At the appropriate time, the Speaker will reconvene the
But reacting, Fayose, who said he was not shocked by the decision of
the APC lawmakers to continue with the impeachment plot, described
their action “as an idea that is distant to common sense.”
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the
governor said that the plot was not a war against him but war against
the people of Ekiti State and God.