Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have raised the alarm
over plot to coerce them into impeaching Governor Ayodele Fayose,
saying a sum of $1 million was being promised some of the members that
will be ready to be part of the impeachment plot.

The Assembly members, who vowed not to collaborate with anyone to
truncate the government of Governor Fayose, added that; they were
prepared to spend the rest of their tenure in DSS cell, instead of
joining people that they roundly defeated in five straight elections
to cause another political instability in Ekiti State.

Addressing the press on Tuesday, Chairman of the House Committee on
Information, Hon Gboyega Aribisogan disclosed that "In the last four
days, eight of our members had been visited by some men, who claimed
to be officials of the DSS.

"Our members were told that their names were among those to be
arrested and they must 'cooperate' if they do not want their bank
accounts frozen and be kept in DSS detention indefinitely."

The lawmakers said the 2006 experience, in which Assembly members in
Ekiti State were hounded in EFCC detention and made to sign
impeachment of Governor Fayose on the table of the EFCC Chairman will
never be repeated in the State.

Aribisogan, who was flanked by 13 other members of the House of
Assembly said; "We are here to inform the public through your various
medium the open involvement of men of the Department of State Service
(DSS) from Abuja in the plot to unseat our State Governor, Mr Peter
Ayodele Fayose.

"The last Friday invasion of the State House of Assembly by armed men
of the DSS in which four of our members were abducted, has been
established to be a prelude to the clandestine plot to coerce members
of the House of Assembly to impeach Governor Fayose.

"As at today, even Hon Afolabi Akanni that we were able to confirm was
with the DSS in Abuja is being held incommunicado. No one has been
given access to him, not even his lawyers and doctors. We do not have
any information as to the whereabouts of the other three.
"We are aware of the plot to arrest no fewer than 18 of our members
with a view to forcing them to sign impeachment notice against
Governor Fayose.

"The plot is being hatched by the same elements who masterminded the
impeachment of Governor Fayose in 2006, which was eventually declared
illegal by the Supreme Court and they are boasting of support of the
DSS and the Presidency.

"In the last four days, eight of our member had been visited by some
men, who claimed to be officials of the DSS. Our members were told
that their names were among those to be arrested and they must
“cooperate” if they do not want their bank accounts frozen and be kept
in DSS detention indefinitely.

"They went on to promise that proper arrangement had been made for the
impeachment of the governor, with a sum of $1 million already
earmarked for sharing among “cooperating” assembly members.

"Also, our members were told that they will be provided with
soft-landing in the APC if they cooperate. One of them revealed that
they promised to make him the Speaker, and eventually the Acting
Governor.

"We however wish to tell the plotters of evil against the government
of Ayodele Fayose and by extension the people of Ekiti State that we,
members of the State House of Assembly are not interested in their
evil plot.

"We are prepared to spend the rest of our tenure in DSS cell, instead
of joining people that we roundly defeated in five straight elections
to cause another political instability in Ekiti State.

"These agents of destabilisation should be reminded of the 2006
episode, which was responsible for Ekiti State having six governors in
three years!

"Most importantly, Governor Fayose is our benefactor. He is our leader
on whose political strength we are members of the State House of
Assembly. We can even be called his stooges, we don’t mind. We will
never do anything to jeopardise his interest and be extension,
interests of Ekiti people.

"We therefore wish to state unequivocally that we are not interested
in any $1 million.

"We won’t because of any blood money join forces with enemies of our
State, who are desirous of destabilising the State just because they
lost power."

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