Commercial, government and other activities were paralysed in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital before noon yesterday, when organised labour unions held a rally in solidarity with Governor Ayo Fayose, over attempt by the 19 All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers to impeach him.
The labour unions also disrupted vehicular movement and ensured that no government workers were in the office to strictly obey the stay-at-home order issued to them on Thursday.
At the government secretariat, all offices were under lock and key, while commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders stayed off the major roads because of the barricades mounted at regular interval to ensure strict compliance with the restriction order.
The roads affected include the Basiri- Fajuyi-old garage- Ajilosun road and the bank road, which led to the State Secretariat and the converging point for workers in the State.
The labour leaders under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress, TUC, and Joint Negotiating Council, JNC, mobbed themselves at Fajuyi Park as early as 6am, warning that any attempt to impeach Fayose would trigger serious crisis in the State.
Addressing newsmen on the impeachment saga, the NLC Secretary in the State, Comrade Ade Obatoye stated that the restiveness being allegedly caused by the lawmakers has been affecting the citizens of the State.
The NLC leader urged the lawmakers to allow the people to enjoy the mandate freely given to the governor during the June 21 Governorship elections.
“Though, we agree with Hon Adewale Omirin that he has the right to fight for his right, but he must wait for the outcome of the suit he instituted against his impeachment. He cannot because of his impeachment plunge Ekiti into crisis, because he stands impeached until the court rules otherwise.
“But staying in Osun or Lagos State and hurling stones at Ekiti is uncalled for and selfish. Former Governors Niyi Adebayo and Kayode Fayemi of the APC ruled the State in peace. But when Fayose and Segun Oni of the PDP came, trouble started. We will not allow this to continue because Ekiti belongs to all of us.
“The people of Ekiti did not only vote for Fayose but the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land had also revalidated it. We appeal to the APC to wait for four years when there will be another chance to elect another governor and if they can appeal to our people, they can get it back, but not the way they are presently doing it,” he said.

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