Women in Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State, yesterday staged a peaceful protest against the impeachment plot on Governor Ayo Fayose and issued a seven-day ultimatum to the All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers to stop their moves to impeach Governor Fayose or they would invoke the gods of the land against them.
In a related development, Ekiti Elders Council had promised to invite Governor Fayose and the 19 APC lawmakers to a reconciliatory meeting to resolve the political crisis in the state.
The elders noted that “the effort became imperative to avert further violence in the state, in spite of the pendency of the case instituted by the speaker, Hon Adewale Omirin, against his impeachment.
The protesting women who converged at Oke Oja area and danced round the town, chanting anti-lawmakers songs, warned that any attempt to impeach Governor Fayose would provoke violence in the state.
Speaking to newsmen after the protest, the spokesman of the group, Mrs. Mojisola Ogunjemilua said the impeachment plot against Governor Fayose was a direct confrontation against the people of Ikere Ekiti, where the deputy governor, Dr Olubunmi Olusola, comes from.
They asked: “Why is it that trouble will always come when Ikere son is in government? Former governor of the old Ondo State, Evang. Bamidele Olumilua was not allowed to complete his term due to military usurpation.
“When Mr Abiodun Aluko and Bisi Omoyeni were also elected deputy governor at different times in Ekiti under democratic setting, the two were not allowed to complete their terms and now Dr Olusola.”
The women said: “All we want in Ekiti is peace and we are calling on the lawmakers, particularly the two of them from Ikere constituencies, to back out of the impeachment within seven days, failing which we will invite the gods to intervene and this will be disastrous,” she said.
The regent of Ikere-Ekiti, Ayooye Adegboye-Oyinlola while addressing the protesters, applauded them for their peaceful dispositions and urged the lawmakers to embrace the olive branch stretched to them by Fayose for Ekiti to be in peace.
A press statement signed by the chairman of the Ekiti Council of Elders, Prof Tunde Oluwasanmi and presented by the chairman, Committee for the Creation of Ekiti State, Chief Deji Fasuan, called on the feuding groups to refrain from portraying Ekiti as a beleaguered state and disallow external forces from intervening in Ekiti affairs.

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