Ekiti APC lawmakers’ protest in Lagos shameful – Fayose

Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti state

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has described as a “show of shame” a protest held at the Lagos State Secretariat, Ikeja, by the All Progressives Congress, APC, members of the Ekiti House of Assembly.

He said by holding the protest in faraway Lagos, the lawmakers had confirmed that they were being “remote-controlled” from the state.

Mr. Fayose spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.

The 26-member Ekiti Assembly was thrown into crisis last Monday when seven Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members sat to approve the appointment of three commissioner-nominees, 12 special advisers to the governor and chairmen of the caretaker committees of the 16 local government areas of the state.

They sat in the absence of the Speaker, Adewale Omirin and his deputy, Adetunji Orisalade, who were in Lagos with 17 other APC lawmakers.

The following day, the state government fired all the aides to the speaker and deputy speaker.

On Thursday, the seven lawmakers purportedly impeached Messrs. Omirin and Orisalade. Dele Olugbemi and Abeni Olayinka were picked to replace them.

The speaker and his deputy condemned their purported sack, saying it was an abuse of the constitution.

Mr. Olayinka said the APC lawmakers, who protested in Lagos, should as well declare themselves as members of Lagos State House of Assembly II.

He said it was more shameful that the APC lawmakers were led in the protest by the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, and submitted a protest letter to Governor Babatunde Fashola.

Mr. Olayinka asked the APC lawmakers to return to Ekiti, and stop running from media houses in Lagos to Lagos State secretariat. He noted that they were elected to perform legislative duties in Ekiti and not Lagos.

“Going to the Lagos State Secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja to protest on issues bordering on governance in Ekiti State is no doubt a clear demonstration that the APC lawmakers have totally sold their minds and dignity to their party’s Lagos-based political merchants,” he said.

“The question is, why were they protesting in front of Lagos State secretariat, when they were elected to perform legislative duties in Ekiti? Why are they on self-exile?

“Shouldn’t they have come back to Ekiti to join Governor Ayodele Fayose to rescue the State from the financial mess the APC government of Dr Kayode Fayemi plunged it to?”



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  • Dr. Kay

    As long as Lagos is part of Nigeria and the assembly members were not holding their press conference in Ghana or Benin republic for that matter it is their choice. You want them to hold a press briefing in Ekiti and all hell breaks loose? Your hooligans that slapped a sitting judge are all over the place.
    Even if they are remote controlled by Lagos , as long as what you do is above board and follows due process why are you afraid Mr. Fayose ? You haven’t addressed the issues and memorandum they issue ,you busy telling us about the location . What have you done since you take over ? Nothing , that is why you are already a failure , Ekiti people will regret this mistake they made , all the rice, oil and stomach infrastructure you gave are all inside shalanga. Ha ha ha ha ha , me I dey laff oh

    • Akomolafe.

      Fountain of knowledge to fountain of moral decay where 7 house members rule over the remaining 19 with impunity. the sitting governor is enjoying the show because that is how he wants it. A sitting judge was manhandled by his supporters of course nobody expects reactions from the governor because he was part and parcel of the show. Ekiti people this is the governor you voted for so continue to enjoy as events unfold in your state.

  • King Carlos

    After they witnessed what happened to a sitting judge in Ekiti, so Fayose wants them to come and protest on ekiti so they can be lynched by hoodlums. I don’t blame the lawmakers at all. They hhave seen how 7 lawmakers came to ekiti house with about 100 policemen, coupled with what happened at the National assembly. No sane person will protest against Fayose in Ekiti.

  • king

    Somebody who ordered that A JUDGE should be slapped when he has no immunity can kill with immunity in place ,’ the fear of Fayose is the beginning of Wisdom’, he will finish them and PDP govt will be laughing all the way to 2015 .

  • Okodoro

    Fayose should say that to the Ikogusi spring

  • charles

    What baffles me is how a confirmed thug found his way to government house….

  • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

    APC lawmakers have totally sold their minds and dignity to their party’s Lagos-based political merchants
    Fayose you will only defeat those terrorist with terror

  • Wesley

    “…the Azura-Edo IPP. Azura is a 450MW (0.45GW) plant and its budget was set at $750 million; this equates to about $1.67 billion/GW.”

    Quoting $/GW is misleading as the international benchmark is $/MW.

    What’s the price per MW for the Azura project vs. the average industry benchmark price per MW for open cycle power plants (most of the NIPPs are OCGT)? Average benchmark price for OCGT is $0.8m – $1.2m/MW. At $1.6/MW, Azura is way past this average benchmark! Either Azura is an expensive power project which will impact on electricity tariffs (higher tariffs) or the contracting/procurement process for Azura was costly. It should be as the Azura project is project financed with all sorts of whistles and bells. The NIPPs wasn’t project financed thus a lower cost. Lastly, there is a correlation between cost ($/MW) of a power plant and the tariffs ($/kwh) electricity consumers pay. The higher the cost/MW of the power plant, the higher the wholesale electricity tariffs. Please compare Azura tariffs to the NIPP/PHCN Successor Genco tariffs.

    • Wesley

      By the way, my comments should not be interpreted as disparaging the Azura project. Its a landmark power project which I’m glad has finally reached financial close after more than 3 years.

  • Deji

    Excellent piece, just a few comments:

    1. Comparing Azura with NIPP, is like comparing oranges with pineapples. Azura was project financed with several guarantees and contractual backstops, this comes at a high cost. Besides, the Azura plant technology/design is not the same as NIPP. Using Azura as a valuation metric is not appropriate in this context, besides the final price was based on competitive bidding which typically includes valuation premiums.

    2. The government has not demonstrated its ability to manage these plants, jumping to reverse the sale will not solve the problem, but create more problems. It is in the government’s best interest to work with credible investors to make the projects work.