Impeachment: Ekiti traditional rulers beg lawmakers to spare Gov. Fayose

Ayo Fayose, Ekiti state governor.

The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers on Thursday called on both the state governor, Ayo Fayose, and the All Progressives Congress members of the House of Assembly who recently served him notice of impeachment, to sheath their swords.

The call was contained in a communiqué issued by the Council at the end of their emergency meeting.

The monarchs made the call the same day 19 APC lawmakers said on Thursday that they had directed the Chief Judge, Ayo Daramola, to commence the process of probing allegations of gross misconduct against the governor and his deputy, Ojo Eleka.

However, the Chief Registrar of the Ekiti State Judiciary, Obafemi Fasanmi, was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria as saying the Chief Judge had not received any directive from the lawmaker to set up an impeachment panel.

In their communiqué read by its Chairman and the Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, Oba Adamo Babalola, the traditional rulers said the face-off between the executive and the legislative arms of government had been on since Mr. Fayose was sworn-in on Oct.16, 2014.

The Council said efforts made by the council to broker peace between the feuding political gladiators had consistently been stalled.

“The position stalled all further deliberations and efforts to find an amicable settlement of the matter,” it said.

“The recent development in our dear state is a source of concern and embarrassment to all well-meaning people of Ekiti State.

“It is sad that unfortunate incident which resulted in the death of one Mr Modupe Olaya of Efon-Alaaye could have been avoided,” the chiefs said.

The monarchs called on law enforcement agencies to ensure the security and safety of lives and property during and after the April 11 House of Assembly election.

The traditional rulers also charged the Independent National Electoral Commission to be impartial during Saturday’s state assembly poll, urging politicians and the electorate to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act for the poll to be peaceful.

Meanwhile, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communication, Lere Olayinka, declared that no sitting of Ekiti State House Assembly took place on Thursday.

Mr. Olayinka contended that they only sat somewhere outside the state.

“The state House of Assembly is on recess. No sitting of the House took place anywhere in the state. Neither did it take place in the chambers of the House of Assembly.

“We therefore urge the public to disregard the information being circulated by the APC that their lawmakers sat at a public school in Ado Ekiti.

“Of course, members of the House of Assembly can gather anywhere in the world to have social or political meetings, but parliamentary business is done only in the hallowed chamber of the House of Assembly”, he said.

Mr. Olayinka said besides, “their actions were shameful because Fayose had already gone to an Abuja High Court to halt the impeachment process and the case is still pending.

“Besides, Omirin, who claims to be the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, was impeached on Nov. 20, 2014 and he is also in a Lagos court, challenging his impeachment.’’


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  • nikoroorire

    This Olayinka must be an ignoramus in the affairs of public administration and politics. He and his boss will soon be given the booths by the time the impeachment proper takes place.Fayose has no hiding place, his time is up with his stolen mandate.

  • Maitama Tambari

    I think the Tradional Rulers are wasting their time, energy and privilege their position gave them. They are not politicians why should they dance in political arena. Where were they when the Fayose was running amok in the State with six legislative members breaking all the rules and tramping over the Constitution? Where were they when Fayose run Ekiti Government with false Cabinet? Where were they when he started spending Public Funds without Appropriation? They should answer these questions. In fact, the Tradional Rulers should allow the obvious happen now because as things are in Ekiti State, Fayose cannot Govern with nineteen APC State Assembly Members and six PDP, in opposition. He should do the honourable thing now to resign and go quietly, or destroy his political career through impeachment. The President has once advised him to resign.

    • Olomitutu

      U are shameless I bet your good time will never come since you don’t see good side of people

  • tundemash

    The lawmakers should include these yeye Obas on that impeachment list if possible !

    • Kola

      Why are you this ignorant? I pity you. Do you impeach oba? or dethrone?

      • tundemash

        Cl0wn ….. you have no sense of humour !

        • BayernMunich

          tundemash abeg ignore this Kolanut brain. To him, everyone is ignorant. He is the smartest of all human creations.

  • Adewonuola Alase

    I think people have to be fair in judging Fayose on what is happening in Ekiti state now. It is easy to accuse him of usurping the power of the house etc. We need to look at the genesis of this whole thing as put forward by both factions of the ESHOA. In the first place, Omirin had been going round town to celebrate that he was going to be acting governor and that Fayose was not going to be sworn in because of the case against him by the Ekiti 11. Recall that the speaker didn’t attend his inauguration. Fayose pleaded with these lawmakers that they should work with him and that he would take care of them even beyond what Fayemi did. Omirin himself admitted that he called them after swearing in and pleaded with them to support him in lifting Ekiti. He even admitted to collecting ‘just N200,000 from him to buy fuel’ on 2 occasions. Omirin was obviously not happy because he was not sworn in as acting governor and trouble started when he sent the list of commissioners-nominees and care-taker committee chairmen to the house. They looked at the list and adjourned ‘sine dine’ (indefinitely) with the expectation that people will call his government a failed one. How was he supposed to run government and pay salaries when the house adjourned indefinitely. Workers rose in his defense on Tuesday because they believe he his the people’s governor. While I don’t support the idea that 7 people should impeach the speaker, I think the law should make it easier for house members to be recalled when they are not doing their jobs as it is easy for them to impeach a governor. These traditional rulers also called them when this issue started, the 19 lawmaker refused to dialogue and they were following the script of their paymaster in Lagos. Nigeria should look forward and do away with the era of ‘I will make this state ungovernable’. The lawmakers are keen on this impeachment so that they can have access to the state coffers in one month before they go and get all they want. I am only sorry for the state workers because after this impeachment, they will have another acting governor come June 6 and political appointees as well. How will there be development in the state. I just think that people should give peace a chance for the sake of the state. Legislative rascality like this has also been demonstrated in Adamawa, Nassarawa and recently Ebonyi. Elected political office holders should learn to work with the opposition in government. If this trend continues, Nigeria will never develop and the money that should be used for development will be used in settling crisis. It is true that these lawmakers were elected; however, they should not test the will of the Ekiti people. Recall that Nigerian protested during Yar’adua’s sickness and the legislature had to do what is right to safe the nation (doctrine of necessity). Some people still consider what they did as illegal; however, they did it to safe the nation. People protested in Egypt and they brought down an elected government that was not responsive to their yearnings. It is clear that this impeachment won’t end this whole drama. The state will go into deeper crisis that will be too much for these lawmakers to handle. People tend to appreciate peace better in time of war. A word is enough for the wise.

    • graceys

      You gave an epistle that u were told. If u know Fayose at all, you should know he is a pathological liar and if u are familiar with legislative language, they always adjourn till d next legislative day which does not mean forever. D guy is an animal that does not believe in any established rules in Nigeria. There is no justification for infractions on the constitution. He is cursed n he has abused d grace of God . The 19 members are representative of d Ekiti people

      • Adewonuola Alase

        The account I gave was from Omirin and Dele Olugbemi. None of what I stated came from Fayose.

        • BayernMunich

          Doesn’t matter. It is hollow all the same. No amount of majority popular votes can protect a Governor who has so broken the laws like Fayose has done.

          • Adewonuola Alase

            Fayose did not impeach anybody. The lawmakers did.

          • Kola

            I agree with you Mr. Alase. BayernMunich(if real name at all) is so ignorance of simple governance and Nigerian legal system. How does the clueless 19 lawmakers wanted the state to run when they adjourned and went to sit in Lagos State. Did we vote them in Lagos or Ekiti? Are they Tinubu’s legislators or those of Ekiti people? These are the questions they cannot answer. I know Omirin very well, he is overambitious. The fact that a governor does not belong to your party doesn’t make him a bad man. Omirin started this rift and reflame it again.

          • BayernMunich

            Okay. Now I see you are not highly educated. I respect your views though no matter how wrong they are.

      • kola

        I really pity your ignorance. Try to be well informed before you air opinion particularly in the public media like this. I will not join issue with you on your comment because you do not deserve it…

    • BayernMunich

      My friend, in a democracy, you learn to put up with a hostile legislative arm of government. You don’t carry out an illegal impeachment of 19 legislators by 7 others. If the legislature grinds government to a halt, let other mechanisms play out and appease the aggrieved party. Should Obama now proceed to impeach the majority Republicans because the congress is hostile to him? Fayose has violated all holy rules with serious impeachable offenses. I’m afraid he cannot be spared. He called for it and he should get it.

      • Kola

        I really pity your ignorance. Try to be well informed before you air opinion particularly in the public media like this. I will not join issue with you on your comment because you do not deserve it

        • BayernMunich

          I see you are pitying everybody else’s ignorance but not yours. Is that the new kid on the block? Pity people’s ignorance when you have no argument to advance? Sounds smart though! Makes you appear highly knowledgeable when indeed, you are not. Nice one there.

    • Remi

      What you should ponder about is that why is it that during Fayose’s time in power Ekiti is never at peace? Why is it that it was during his period that Judges are beaten up in court session? Why is it that it is when Fayose is there that 7 lawbreakers constitute the house? Was Fayose the only PDP governor for him to put up those nauseating advert about Buhari. Now that he is reaping whirlwind after sowing wind why is he complaining? Even these our royal father’s where were they when Fayose was on rampage?

  • Ginger

    Either the INEC will disqualify him for submitting false candidacy papers or the Supreme Court will disqualify him as Ekiti governor or Buhari will sent him to Kirikiri…or all 3.