Impeachment: Tension in Ekiti as Fayose mobilises Okada riders, drivers against lawmakers

Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti state

Tension is building up in Ekiti State as Governor Ayo Fayose asked the people to defend the mandate they gave to him following the impeachment process initiated by the All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the state assembly.

Already three groups, the Okada Riders Association, Road Transport Workers Association of Nigeria and National Union of Road Transport Workers have put their members on notice to look out for the APC lawmakers apparently to forestall their impeachment.

The 19 APC lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly had two weeks ago served a notice of impeachment on Mr. Fayose, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, who was sworn into office last October.

The lawmakers were away from the state until recently, following the victory of the APC in the presidential election. During their absence, seven PDP legislators were performing legislative duties which many consider illegal. 

Mr. Fayose, who sounded conciliatory after the Supreme Court affirmed his election last week, made a live television broadcast on Sunday asking Ekiti people to defend their mandate from the APC lawmakers, who he claimed were invading the state to impeach him.

He urged drivers and okada riders in particular to move out en masse to defend his mandate, saying: “My mandate is your mandate and you must defend it.”

The governor made the broadcast about twenty minutes after leaving a church service where a clergyman advised him to embrace peace and reconcile with the APC lawmakers by restoring their salaries and other benefits to enable them do their jobs.

Shortly after leaving the church, two statements emerged on the state radio as public announcements that were being broadcast intermittently.

A public announcement by the Chairman of the Okada Riders Association, Niyi Dahunsi “All Okada riders in Ekiti State are enjoined to be on the look-out for strange faces in the state from tomorrow. This is because it has been gathered that APC lawmakers working with Dr Adewale Omirin are planning to truncate the peace of the state by planning to invade the state with armed thugs.

“All Okada riders in the state should be mobilised to the House of Assembly by 6am tomorrow. Governor Fayose’s mandate is the mandate of okada riders. We must defend it with the last drop of our blood.”

The Chairman of Road Transport Workers Association of Nigeria, Samuel Agbede, and his counterpart in the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Clement said, “Information available to us is that the APC lawmakers are planning to invade the state with lorry-loads of thugs recruited from Lagos and Osun states tomorrow.

“The APC lawmakers have vowed to kill any one that stands on their way to achieving the plot of impeaching Governor Fayose and his Deputy, Dr Kolapo Olusola.

“We therefore alert all members of our union to be on the look-out from tomorrow. All driver unions’ members should be prepared to defend the mandate freely given to Governor Fayose.

“Our members should monitor movement of vehicles into Ekiti State from today so as to prevent invasion of thugs whose only intention is to kill our people. We gave our mandate to Fayose and we must be prepared to defend it.”


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  • Spoken word

    If Fayose spends all the states funds on thugs what will be left for Governance. Ekiti really entered one chance with Fayose.

    • Tunmise Fayose

      Tunmise Fayose
      The coming of Jesus Christ is at hand, many things will happen.
      He who has never seen money before will behave like an animal if he sees one. He is not the true son of his father, I swear. His father does not spend one Naira from Ayo’s pocket till the man died almost five years ago. The old man believed that he has an ill gotten money.

      • Spoken word

        Fayose will be history soon.

  • Ay Pointblank

    Fayose has been playing on the intelligence of illiterates and poverty beaten populace of Ekiti to win election and promote illegalities. The day their eyes will open, they will attack him in drove … We are watching!

    • Separate Us…

      I thought Ekiti is considered one of the most educated state in the country,why do they behave otherwise!!!

    • nikoroorire

      Ay, you have said it all; the days of reckoning are almost at hand. Fayose’s days are numbered. Egberun Saamu ko le sa mo Olorun lowo!

  • Murtala Shittu

    Fayose!!! the guilty are always afraid.And the truth shall prevail.

  • Ole

    Make Fayose tell me where he do him Juju make I go there go do my own. i wan use am for my people for Kogi state wey don forget Iyagba people. All we yoruba speaking people for Kogi are now second class. I go just take am do their face meaown. I go come be their Governor. And Igo come dey use de Olokadas and Road transport workers dey harrass dem.

  • Kemi

    If Fayose has nothing to fear, one wonders why he is not allowing the law to take its course. This man should realise the days of impunity are over. A governor should not running the affairs of a state in like in an authoritarian manner. This is a democratic dispensation where there are supposed to be check and balances. The truth will surely prevails.

  • kate

    Can you imagine! Why is he afraid? ” The wicked runs when no one pursue him”

  • Sanmi Falae

    Our Afao-Bushman again acting out his programmed-brain. The common man or woman, boy or girl of whom he claims to be a defender, has no greater enemy than Ayo Fayose. For example, he continues to waste invaluable government time by not doing his paid job of governing and also preventing parliamentarians from doing their paid job of law making. More over, he is wasting government funds in grooming and mobilising professional thugs, who, like him don’t know any better, to hold the development of their own State, people, especially children to ransom. These dumb thugs should be asking themselves if Fayose’s children are or will ever be affected by this lock-down he has created in Ekiti -State.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Ayo Fayose is a curse and disgrace to the people of Ekiti State as the moment of reaping the fruits of the consequent of brigandage,maintaing of terrorist and attacking judges,lawyers and court personels in Ado Ekiti with the illegal deposition of Ekiti State nineten APC lawmakers and replacement of nineteen majority APC lawmakers with seven PDP minority lawmakers who have be unconstitutionally acting,debating and approving Ekiti State 2015 budget.The Afao Ekiti born criminal,Ayo Fayose must face the consequence of his crimes.Ayo Fayose must go inorder to resotre sanity and law with order in Ekiti..

  • Arewabetter

    Fayose, the game is over! Why is Mr. Fayose asking common citizens to defend his rigged position. I think he should invite the Nigerian Armed Forces as well as Nigerian Security Agencies with their present commander, in the person of Mr. Goodluck, to come and defend his illegally occupied governorship.

  • Shimei

    A pretender of the governorship seat in a refined state as Ekiti. His living on borrowed time. His impunity is incomparable. Even Femi Fani-Kayode will doff his hat for him as a master of the impunity game. But for President Jonathan who brought him from the abyss we would not be talking of him today. He certainly has not learnt his lessons; if not one expects him to be a calm, reserved and taciturn.But Fayose will remain eternally Fayose – a brusque, incorrigible bloke. It’s like casting pearls to a swine or straining to get a leopard to alter its skin. He deserves to be impeached and justly so.

  • Lawrence Aje

    At least names have been put to this whole drama. When the chips are down these are people to bear the consequences of the existing chaos. Governor Fayose was elected as well as these lawmakers by Ekiti people to serve the state in different capacities only for one to prevent others to serve. A single man brew all this poison for all. If driver and Okada unions think Governor Fayose was elected by them and for them alone let them continue in the anarchy drama created by the Governor himself spicy up by his minions but they should remember the hands of the law is not too short to catch up with its nemesis though it may delay yet it will surely catch up