Impeachment: Ekiti people will defend me, Fayose says

Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti state

In yet another reaction to the impeachment plot against him, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that his mandate will be defended by the Ekiti people who he said “freely and wholeheartedly” voted him in.

“Ekiti people who are the owners of my mandate will defend it against political usurpers, whom they had rejected twice in the last nine months,” Mr. Fayose said.

Nineteen lawmakers of the opposition All Progressives Congress had on Friday served Mr. Fayose and his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, an impeachment notice.

The lawmakers gave them seven days to respond to allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of office.

They raised eight impeachable offences against the governor and his deputy, which include; the invasion of the House of Assembly with thugs and miscreants; instigating an unconstitutional takeover of the House by seven legislators to sit in contravention of Section 96 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Prevention of the 19 APC legislative members from performing legislative duties with the use of security agents and armed thugs; and Sponsoring an unlawful impeachment process in the House.

They also accused the governor of spending Ekiti State funds without requisite constitutional approval in contravention of the Constitution; running the Government of Ekiti State without legally constituted Executive Council in contravention of Section 192 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; operating an illegal 2014 Budget and Instigating illegal sitting of the House.

Mr. Fayose, who spoke via a statement released by spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, on Sunday, also urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, to sustain his stand of not allowing the use of the judiciary to change the outcome of elections.

Mr. Fayose, said the impeachment move is a plot to distract him from concentrating on governance and the coming Saturday’s House of Assembly election.

He called on members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State not to be distracted from their goal of delivering all the 26 Assembly seats in the State to the party.

“Sovereignty belongs to the people and the people of Ekiti State on June 21, 2014, surrendered their sovereignty to me to be their governor for four years.

“Instead of respecting the wish of Ekiti people, which they again affirmed on March 28 and will further affirm on April 11, the APC people that were rejected in two free and fair elections have been trying all tricks to return to power through the back door.

“They filed several cases in their bid to stop my inauguration as governor and even committed murder in the process,” he said

Mr. Fayose said the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adewale Omirin, was assured of assuming office as Acting Governor and that informed his non-attendance of his inauguration, “as he was still hoping that even on October 16, 2014, a court order would be gotten to stop my inauguration”.

“Their evil plots against the mandate of Ekiti people failed then, but up to now, they are not relenting.

“Today, even though Omirin has been duly impeached, he still believes he can be Acting Governor while Dr Kayode Fayemi that was roundly rejected by Ekiti people is also boasting that he will return to power through the instrumentality of the court.

“However, let me warn the APC as a party to respect the wish of Ekiti people as the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan respected the wish of Nigerians on the election of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).

“Any attempt to undermine the sovereignty of Ekiti people, using whatever instrument will be resisted by the people themselves because power belongs to the people and they have handed it to whom they desire to exercise till October 16, 2018.

“The APC gladiators in Ekiti should therefore emulate President Jonathan and the PDP by waiting till 2018 to try their luck again,” he said.


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  • March 28

    Fayose,O ti ri nkankan. O si ma gba.Sebi you sabi how to abuse,then be ready to dam d consequence.U are a gooner.Gba be.

    • do gud

      I think the outcome of state assembly élection will be a déterminant in this case. We hope apc comes up victorious so that this man will stop making noise.

      • taewo

        They should impeach him before the election

        • busybee

          Fayose you are a complete disgrace to humanity and your mother and your fake prophet wife are not better. You were campaigning for Jonathan and your mother allowed herself to be used as a teaching aid to symbolise how old Buhari is. Haba! Fayose for an old man who has never hurt you in anyway. Our ancestors will not allow you to reach an old age. No values, no morality, no integrity, no class and no conscience. You and Fani Kayode finished Jonathan. God will finish two of you for the oprobium you brought to the Yorubas. Shameless goat.

  • Deji Joseph

    put your house in order bro! you are going away for a loooong time.

  • kwazulu

    Fayose will be impeached unfailingly on Friday, the 10th of April, a day to the state house of assembly elections.

  • Ole

    Fayose. If you had limited your abuses to OBJ , it would have been excusable, but when you then extended it to Buhari who had not in any way do you any harm, it became obvious that you are rabid. If politicking should be a game of abuse and character assassination, then it is not fit for human. but since it is the vehicle of democracy, it should be played decently and by decent people. Even if you have the mandate of the Ekiti people, it must be used to enhance the integrity of the people and not to make others question our rationality. Mind you, if you do not know, the Ekiti people, ( I am Ekiti) do not sacrifice decency on the altar of political expediency. if nobody had told you, i want to tell you this, we voted for you just to prove a point that we are a free people, but not insult others who hold us in high esteem.It is a shame for the Governor of a state that produced the highly-respected people like Afe Babalola to have someone like you as its head.You better wake up. Ekiti as you know is not in want of people. If you go, this minute, a thousand people , better than you in thousand times will emerge within a snap of the finger.

  • Aji

    Fayose, I don’t know the Ekiti people you are talking about. Ekiti people want you out because you are a disgrace to the office you hold.

    • DeaneGullivers

      Thank you sir.

  • Allayes

    ““Sovereignty belongs to the people and the people of Ekiti State on June 21, 2014, surrendered their sovereignty to me to be their governor for four years.”

    Impeachment matter aside. This sentence clearly grasp the way our elected officials perceive their status, and one of the fundamental problems Nigerians face. Ekiti people, just like other Nigerians, DID NOT “surrender” any sovereignty to you. What they did was to employ you to do a job for 48 months, after which they assess your performance. It is like any employer-employee relationship. But just like Fayose, our elected leaders see themselves as the lord and master of the people and their words are final. Until we have true-servant leaders, we shall always have this problem.

  • CuriousScholar

    The law won’t

  • DeaneGullivers

    All he is trying to do is to incite the people of Ekiti to take to the streets under the pretext that they are protection his mandate. Who gave him mandate? let him go to Obanikoro who gave him mandate. He is already holding meetings with thugs and hiring them from Ondo state to invade the streets from Tuesday 7th.

    • Bidemi Lukman

      You spoek my mind.

  • Spoken word

    Fayose is hallucinating.he should stay off whatever he is taking.he has lost touch with reality.

  • True Nigerian

    No, Fayose, the people did not “freely and wholeheartedly” give you a mandate. With the benefit of hindsight, we know now that your mandate is the proceeds of mindless electoral crime committed by you, Obanikoro, Jonathan, Jelili, Uba and General Momoh, etc.
    You will pay. You will go down in history as the first and only governor to be impeached twice. But that is not the end. You will rot in jail, not just for your treachery, but the impudence and arrogance of it.

  • OAA

    So Fayose can be humbled like this? Na wa oooo

  • Omotolaaraujo

    The voters in Ekiti heard his Rigging Tape. They don’t have to want Fayemi for their Governor, but Fayose is too dirty for the electorate. What I say to the people in Ekiti is, “Vote for someone who is deserving of your respect.”

  • Action Group

    Ekiti people will not defend you over gross misconduct,even though they gave you their mandate but you have clearly abused it by being unruly and indecorous.Ekiti people will like to know whether 7 is more than 19.

    • Saydo Shan

      Brigadier Momoh gave Fayose mandate. Not Ekiti people.


    My dear Governor Fayose, it may be true that Ekiti people voted for you but at the same time the people who voted for did not ask you trample the constitution with impunity and lawlessness. Remember that you promised to behave well and that you were born again. Your second coming is worst that the first. I thought as many do that you should have exercise restrain in this your second coming by following a good path to freedom. Unfortunately you started behaving like God, no peace in Ekiti since you came inn. May God save the Ekiti people from their lack of contentment

  • Igbosere

    Fayose must not be allowed to finish his tenure. He is a thief!

    • Saydo Shan

      He has no tenure.

  • Onike24

    Really? Calling on the CJN? Where was he when you were supervising the beating of a Judge in his own court? You will have no hiding place by the Special grace of God, Omirin was “impeached” by a house that was not even quorate! What a joke! This man remains aa affront to our sensibilities, the earlier he goes the better.

  • Concerned

    Fayose – you were warned!

    Who so ever diggeth a pit – shall fall in if!

    Let’s hope this time you remain in it!

  • Saydo Shan

    Ekiti people will “protect” U just like soldiers aided your electoral “victory” last year. Fayose, U r as good as gone. It just depends on how early it comes. But it is inevitable. Just pack your things properly so that your evacuation from Government House will be smoother for U.

  • Sanmi Falae

    Afao-Bushman understandably has exaggerated view of his own importance and popularity. You humiliated Ekiti people by your (governorship) and the presidential elections. Now the table has turned. Enjoy it, mate.

  • MegaMoneyMan

    Now, real democracy has begun. We need to rid our country of politicians like Fayose. There’s a good chance he wouldn’t have been brought to justice if the Jonathan guy had won. Let’s see what a diaper will look like on him.

  • 100% Naija

    The chicken has finally come home to roost.

  • Olomitutu

    I believe omirin will soon join friday aderemi in the other side of the world, his talking that fayose spending ekiti money illegaly, lol i dont know how people like omirin dont think deeply b4 talking, can omirin tell me which money fayose spend without approval? For your information ekiti have no money to spend since their boss fayemi empty the state account. And put the state to everlasting debt that valid to 2020 still left the state with 3 month unpaid salary, so please help me as omirin with money fayose miss spend.