Ekiti State House of Assembly lawmakers-elect have asked outgoing All Progressives Congress, APC legislators to begin to prepare their handover notes instead of wasting time on their futile plot to impeach Governor Ayo Fayose.
They told their aggrieved lawmakers yesterday that the people of Ekiti would not allow them to destroy the state before leaving office. All the APC lawmakers lost their re-election bid at the April 11 House of Assembly polls in the state.
The incoming legislators, under the aegis of Conference of Ekiti State Lawmakers-elect, urged the APC lawmakers to concentrate on stocktaking and preparations of their handover notes, instead of waging a relentless war against the state.
In a statement issued yesterday by the new lawmakers, which was signed by Chief Gboyega Aribisogan, Hon. Segun Adewumi and Adeniran Alagbada, they declared that “Ekiti people by their votes on April 11 passed a vote of no confidence on the APC lawmakers,” adding that, “Having been rejected by the people, the APC lawmakers should be civil enough to allow peace to reign in the state.
“All these talks of impeachment of the governor today, impeachment of his deputy tomorrow are not the type of stories that we should be hearing from the APC lawmakers.
“Rather, they should be asking themselves how they lost the confidence of the people such that none of them was re-elected.
“It is therefore our plea to the outgoing APC lawmakers that they should use the remaining 42 days to seek forgiveness from Ekiti people that their government was burdened with huge debt. They should bear it in their minds that Ekiti people are ready for them this time around. Any attempt to test the will of the people, using support from their Lagos-based godfathers will be resisted by all means possible.”
Also yesterday, APC lawmakers called on Governor Fayose to stop inciting the people against them.
Reacting to yesterday’s state broadcast by ‎Fayose where he urged the people to rise against the lawmakers whom he alleged were planning to resume their legislative duties, the Special Adviser on Media to the factional Speaker (Adewale Omirin), Mr. Wole Olujobi, said the governor had demonstrated that he was never committed to the peace he preached barely 24 hours before his inciting broadcast.
“How do you reconcile this inciting broadcast with a plea he made for peace not quite 24 hours earlier, which Ekiti people and indeed Nigerians thought was a good move by the governor to thaw the frozen relationship between him and the lawmakers? This is a confirmation of what Dr. Omirin said in an interview that the governor can’t be trusted in any peace move,” he said.
Olujobi expressed regrets over the failure of the governor to embrace the homily by the clergyman in his thanksgiving service where he was admonished to embrace peace with APC lawmakers by paying their entitlements and seek genuine reconciliation to move the state forward.
“It is shocking that the governor, who refused to make any remark or commitment during the church service after the man of God appealed to him to embrace peace, could go on air a few minutes after the church service to start inciting workers, traders, okada riders and artisans‎ to defend him with their last drop of blood,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fayose has said that his emergence as governor after eight years of his forced exit from the office was an act of God and “so his survival or otherwise will be determined by God.”
At a thanksgiving service held for his victory at the Supreme Court at the Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Anglican Communion, Ado Ekiti,
Governor Fayose said contrary to media reports that he begged the APC lawmakers over their impeachment plot, he only said he was sorry because he had to sue for peace as a leader.
According to him, “waving the Olive branch does mean cowardice; truth is bitter. Pastors should tell reporters not to twist the truth, but say it as it should. I am hidden in Christ in God. This is why I stand the test of time in spite of all odds. It is God who has done this.
“When I contested for the Senate, they said I lost and I did not fight anyone. I did not go to the tribunal and I was saying good things about the government then. The opposition should be courageous enough to accept defeat. I followed President Goodluck Jonathan in and out of office. Jonathan gave up for survival of Nigeria. Jonathan prevented the prophecy that Nigeria would break in 2015.
“It was all rough for me to emerge as party candidate. My case is like that of Joseph and Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego. I am enjoying the mandate of God. I don’t read things in the social media, I am a governor of the common people,“ he said.
Earlier, the Dean of the Cathedral, Very Rev Francis Bankole, urged the governor to appoint the right people into offices and urged the warring parties to bury their differences and work for the development of the state.
The cleric also advised the governor to rule with the fair of God and “ put the right people into position because bad ones will draw back the hand of the clock, the so called unrest that people are shouting about only exists on the pages of newspapers, Ekiti people must support this government.”

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