Following threats by 19 All Progressives Congress, APC lawmakers to impeach Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Peter Fayose from office, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, has ordered tight security in Ado Ekiti, the state capital and other parts of the state.
Lakanu told journalists yesterday that security surveillance had been put in place, particularly around the State House of Assembly and other hotspots in Ekiti.
He said: “I have emplaced security personnel 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 priority.
“We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the safety of our citizens and for everybody to go about their normal businesses without fear or harassment,” he said.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that on Saturday the news of various acts of gross misconduct against Governor Fayose spread like wildfire within the state capital and other towns, with fears that the APC lawmakers might make good their threat to impeach him.
Meanwhile, Governor Fayose has described his office as a mandate freely and wholeheartedly given by Ekiti people, saying; “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.”
Through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, to sustain his stand 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 as a plot to distract him from concentrating on governance and Saturday’s House of Assembly election, called on members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state not to be detracted from their goal of delivering all the 26 Assembly seats to the ruling 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 reaffirm 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.”
Fayose further said that “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 wishes of Ekiti people as the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan respected the wish of Nigerians on the election of Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd),” he said.