Tension rose again in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti
State, on Monday as supporters of
the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose,
and some Peoples Democratic
Party members laid siege to the
state House of Assembly in Ado Ekiti
Their action was to prevent the 19
All Progressives Congress
lawmakers from gaining entry to
the assembly to actualise their
move to impeach Fayose.
While the siege lasted, the national
leadership of the PDP and Fayose
urged President Muhammadu
Buhari to intervene in the matter.
News had filtered into the state on
Sunday night that the lawmakers
had assembled in a hotel in a
neighbouring state preparatory to
sneaking into Ado Ekiti to remove
Fayose and his deputy, Kolapo
It was gathered that the news
made the police to quickly cordon
off the major roads leading to the
Assembly complex with their patrol
vans and an Armoured Personnel
The PDP members and commercial
motorcyclists blocked the
secretariat and NTA roads which
also lead to the complex.
As of 3p.m on Monday, the
policemen, the PDP members and
the commercial motorcyclists were
still seen blocking the roads.
As the tension heightened, Fayose
made a statewide broadcast during
which he again called on the
people to defend the mandate
given to him by them.
After the broadcast, commercial life
in the city went dead as traders
hurriedly locked their shops while
civil servants closed their offices
and left for their homes.
Fayose had before the broadcast
told journalists that all the
entitlements of the APC lawmakers
had been paid, contrary to Speaker
Adewale Omirin’s denial.
The governor flaunted copies of
Skye Bank cheques dated May 26,
2015 and issued to the lawmakers
to corroborate his claim.
One of the cheques, which bore the
name Boluwade Kehinde was
received on behalf of the lawmaker
and had a sum of N2, 149, 052 .37 on
Fayose warned that it would
amount to contempt of court for
Omirin and his colleagues to
continue with the impeachment
proceedings against him.
He made reference to the ruling by
Justice E.S. Chukwu of the Federal
High Court, which ordered that the
status quo as of April 23 be
maintained pending the
determination of a motion on
notice before him(Chukwu).
The factional Speaker, Dele
Olugbemi, and six other lawmakers
had in the suit sought an
interlocutory injunction among
other reliefs restraining the APC
lawmakers from commencing
impeachment against Fayose.
The governor said, “They have
been dropping the name of
President Buhari as giving them
the backing to impeach me. How
can an Assembly, whose tenure will
wind up on Thursday be planning
this. I wonder why the issue of the
past should be allowed to come to
play out now.
“As of the day the court gave the
order, I mean April 23, Omirin was
not the speaker. It will be wrong for
the court order not to be respected.
This is illegality and I want to raise
this for the public to know.
“Omirin had gone to court to
challenge his impeachment but he
later withdrew his case, which
means he accepted he had been
impeached. A cost of N100, 000 was
awarded against him.
“So, he is not the Speaker. I am
calling on well-meaning Nigerians,
the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice
Mahmoud Mohammed, and
President Buhari to intervene in
“How can somebody be living in
another state and be planning to
invade his own state; this is
something else and I view this as a
major crime anyone can commit
against his people.”
On the payment of the salaries and
other benefits to the APC
lawmakers, Fayose said, “They
came to collect the cheques in Ado
Ekiti in company with the
Commissioner for Finance, Toyin
“The issue would have been
discussed publicly during a peace
parley but they insisted that it
should not be discussed openly
because they didn’t want the
leaders of their party to know,” he
Fayose urged the Ekiti people to
keep their eyes on the lawmakers
and prevent them from carrying out
their plot to remove him.
In Abuja, the PDP accused the
outgoing APC lawmakers of trying
to cause mayhem as a means of
securing political control of the
The party warned in a statement
by its National Publicity Secretary,
Olisa Metuh, that its members
would be fully mobilised to resist
It alleged that the move to create
confusion in the state by the
lawmakers was a final attempt in
their failed mission to unseat
The PDP warned the lawmakers to
watch their steps and not to take its
civility for granted as it would not
hesitate to defend the governor
with all the force availed by the
The statement read in part, “We
wish to state in very clear terms
that we would not condone any
more move by the rejected APC
lawmakers to subvert the will of
the people of Ekiti state as
expressed in the mandate freely
given to Governor Fayose.
“These outgoing APC lawmakers
whose mandates have already
been withdrawn by the people
should watch their steps and not in
any way take our civility and
Governor Fayose’s deportment for
peace, unity and harmony for
“We issue this as a final warning.
Our members and supporters in
Ekiti State are able, willing and
ready to defend our mandate using
all available instruments granted
by the law.
“We have the capacity and will
have no other option unless the
APC lawmakers retrace their steps
and embrace peace. Enough is
It added that it would not in any
way “condone or tolerate any move
by the APC lawmakers to subvert
the course of justice”.
While commending the people of
the state for their courage in
standing by Fayose, the party
urged Buhari to caution the
lawmakers especially given the
olive branch already extended to
them by the governor.
The party also charged security
agencies to be on the alert and
ensure that there was no
breakdown of law and order in the
In Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the
Acting National Chairman of the
PDP, Uche Secondus, also said that
Buhari and the the international
community needed to intervene in
the Ekiti crisis.
Secondus accused the APC of
planning to cause confusion in Ekiti
and other PDP-controlled states,
warning that such a step was
detrimental to the survival of
democracy in the country.
He said, “It is the plan of APC to
cause crisis in Ekiti State. It is the
plan of APC to systematically cause
crisis in the PDP-controlled states
and this will not augur well for
democracy in Nigeria.
“If you recall, PDP has nurtured this
democracy for 16 years and we are
having today, that has the rule of
the game, they are now in power.
They were not coerced; they were
allowed freedom of the press; rule
of law was obeyed and today,
Buhari is the President of our dear
“We call on the President and we
call on the international
community to quickly look at what
is happening in Ekiti. We ask that
the rule of law should be followed.