- Promises not to avenge APC lawmakers
Ekiti State Governor, Peter Ayodele Fayose, has described the period during which the 19 All Progressives Congress, APC lawmakers tried to impeach him, as a nightmare.
He commended the people of the state for their unflinching support and promised not to revenge the lawmakers’ action.
In a state-wide broadcast yesterday, Governor Fayose said though it was a very traumatic period, the people with one voice stood and protected the mandate they gave him.
The governor noted that the period of the crisis could have been used for the development of the state, saying with the victory against the attempted impeachment, he would now squarely face the business of governance.
Fayose promised to embark on fulfilling his campaign promises despite the current financial situation, saying the welfare of the people would continue to be his priority.
His words: “The last few months have been traumatic, especially this week. I was not given room for concentration, but I had left the battle for God to fight. I told those planning to impeach me that they will succeed if they can impeach God.
“I did not bring myself back to power; my coming back after eight years is divine. I defeated the APC totally in all the elections, still they did not want to concede victory easily until when Ekiti people rose to defend that June 21 mandate. I will now squarely face the business of governance.”
He explained that he would not waste time on revenge, noting that he was not ready to muscle anyone since God had given him victory in all of the battles which confronted him.
Meanwhile, former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has condemned the way and manner impeachment had been turned to an instrument of harassment and settlement of political scores by the legislative arm of government in the country.
Adeyeye therefore called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Muhammad, to prevail on Chief Judges of the states to stop aiding illegal impeachments.
He was reacting to the failed attempt by the APC lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly to impeach Fayose.
According to him, in a decent society where everyone was sure that the Chief Judge of the state would not participate in an impeachment process in which due process of the law was not followed, the lawmakers would not have been so desperate to carry out the impeachment of Governor Fayose and his deputy, Dr. Kolapo Olusola in four days.
The former minister wondered how it would have been possible to get the Chief Judge of Ekiti State to hurriedly constitute the required seven-man panel, inaugurate it and get the panel to conclude its sitting in three days.
He said it was important that the CJN cautioned Chief Judges on the need to insist that provisions of Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution are followed strictly.
The former minister, who commended the judiciary for helping to stem the tide of impeachments in the country, cited the 1962 landmark judgment in the case of Aderemi vs Adegbenro where it was emphasised that the decisions of the House of Assembly should emanate from the floor of the House of Assembly, and nowhere else and the Supreme Court judgment in the case of Inakoju vs Adeleke 2007, where Justice Niki Tobi stated the intention of the Constitution was to make the House of Assembly sit physically in the building provided for that purpose.