Fayose can’t escape impeachment -Ekiti Speaker
Ekiti people will defend their mandate – says Gov •Minister seeks Buhari’s intervention •Police begin 24 hours surveillance
Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin, on Sunday in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, insisted that Governor Ayodele Fayose cannot run away from facing the impending impeachment proceedings, stressing that the impeachment notice served on him is more of a constitutional matter more serious to be downplayed than mere theatrics.
Rather than staying in hiding to evade justice, Omirin said it is better for the governor to live with the reality that the rule of law has come to stay in the country.
Reacting to media reports credited to the self-styled Speaker, Dele Olugbemi, and ? the
governor’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, dismissing the impeachment notice as a joke, Omirin said the two men were still acting in ignorance of the supremacy of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in nurturing democratic conduct consistent with the universal standard.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Wole Olujobi, the Speaker said the Ekiti issue was a matter of rescuing democracy? from the gridlock of executive lawlessness and impunity into which Ekiti State had been driven by the governor.
According to him: “It will soon dawn on Fayose and his aides that the matter at hand goes beyond exuberant media skirmishes that are being deployed to rally support for the governor.
“Attention of the world has shifted to Ekiti State following the leaked tape detailing electoral fraud perpetrated to give Fayose victory. After that, several issues in Ekiti State are being questioned on the place of the constitution in nurturing democracy in the country, and as responsible citizens, we must act right to make democracy work,” he added.
Omirin said all allegations raised in the impeachment notice are constitutional matters, to which the governor must be ready to produce answers instead of his usual attitude of taking to the media to address serious issues of constitutional significance.?
Advising the governor to respond to the allegations against him, he said running away from the Government House and using his aides to cover his track would not help him defend his assault on the nation’s constitution and other infractions against the constitution that were already established against him in courts.
“It is good that his men are talking in the media about the need to uphold the constitution in this matter even though they behave short of upholding the constitution in their conduct.
“Even though the governor trampled on the same constitution when he led thugs to attack judges in court and tore court records in the Chief Judge’s office, our duty is to follow constitutional path in this impeachment process.
“These men that are flying the governor’s banner will soon see the law in action. This impeachment process is real. We must rescue Ekiti State from lawlessness and fraud.
“The N1.3 billion poultry project fraud case is still in court. There are still cases of unresolved murders.
“We have again seen the resumption of state-sponsored terrorism with thugs attacking and maiming Ekiti people? after a break in 2006 when the governor was impeached for fraud and attacks on opponents,” the Speaker said.
For Omirin also: “We thought his impeachment trauma in 2006 would have taught him a lesson, but the governor has proved that he cannot survive in a society where the law works. We advise him to come out of hiding and defend himself because we are prepared to give him a fair hearing. That is the reality he must face instead of downplaying serious matter of constitutional consequences,” Omirin further added.
Reacting however, the embattled governor described his electoral victory as a mandate freely and wholeheartedly given by Ekiti people, assuring that: “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.”
According to his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor also urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, to sustain his stance of not allowing the use of the judiciary to change the outcome of elections.
Fayose, who described the noise of impeachment and Supreme Court judgment being made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a plot to distract him from concentrating on governance and the coming Saturday’s House of Assembly election, called on members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State to focus on their goal of delivering all the 26 Assembly seats in the State to the party.
He said; “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.”
Speaking further, Governor Fayose said: “the Speaker of the State House of Assembly then, Dr Adewale Omirin was assured of assuming office as Acting Governor and that informed his non-attendance of my 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 Mohammadu 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 (it) 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.
Given the unfolding scenario, the Ekiti State Police Command have begun a 24-hour surveillance of Ado-Ekiti and its environs, as plot to unseat Fayose by the APC caucus in the Ekiti State House of Assembly thickens.
Commenting on the development, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, on Sunday said the command has beefed up security, hinting that the report of plots to impeach has, no doubt, heightened tension in the state. He promised that the command would not be caught napping on any possible breakdown of law and order. Lakanu said 24-hour security surveillance has been put in place, particularly around the State House of Assembly and other hot spots.
He said, “I have emplaced security. Personnel have been placed on alert while high visibility patrol is being conducted around Ado Ekiti.
“We knew the tension generated must have caused some apprehension, but we are being proactive because the security of lives and property and general peace of the people is our topmost priority. We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the safety of our citizens and for everybody to go about their normal business without fear or harassment.”
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has called on President- elect, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) to intervene in the brewing crisis in Ekiti, by calling members of hs party in the State to order so that they do not truncate democracy in Nigeria by their desperation for power.
He said it was disheartening that APC members in Ekiti were capitalising on Buhari’s victory to cause crisis in the State, adding that “if President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had behaved the way APC people are behaving in Ekiti State now, the country would have been in chaos by now.”
Adeyeye, who described the purported impeachment notice on Fayose as laughable, said legislative businesses are conducted inside the hallowed chamber of the House of Assembly, not online.
“Is it online that lawmakers sit to move motion for impeachment, adopt the motion and serve impeachment notice?”
“Dr Adewale Omirin, who signed the purported impeachment notice as Speaker of the State House of Assembly is in court, challenging his impeachment and if he is still the Speaker, what then is he challenging in court?
“Also, the online notice of impeachment was dated March 9, 2015 and the governor was given seven days to respond to the allegations purportedly made against him. So what has happened since March 16, 2015 that the seven days ultimatum ended?