Ekiti people on Saturday awoke to reports that Governor Ayo Fayose was going to negotiate with APC lawmakers in the state Assembly to end the continuing power squabble between the executive and legislative arms in the state.
Barely 48 hours after his offer for a parley and with no sign that the lawmakers are interested in accepting his offer, Fayose has asked the people to defend the mandate they gave to him following the impeachment process initiated by the All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the state assembly.
In response to the rally cry, the Okada Riders Association, Road Transport Workers Association of Nigeria and National Union of Road Transport Workers are said to have put their members on red alert for the APC lawmakers apparently to forestall any sitting that will consider Fayose’s impeachment.
19 APC lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly had served an impeachment notice on Fayose after shying away from the state up until the victory of the APC in the presidential election, leaving seven PDP legislators to perform lawmaking duties which many consider illegal.
Gov. Fayose made a live television broadcast on Sunday asking Ekiti people to defend their mandate from the APC lawmakers, who he claimed were invading the state to impeach him saying: “My mandate is your mandate and you must defend it.”
Despite being advised by a cleric to parley with the APC lawmakers by restoring their salaries and other benefits, the Governor allegedly went on air twenty minutes after leaving the church with two statements which were being broadcast intermittently on the state radio.
Chairman of the Okada Riders Association, Niyi Dahunsi in response to the clamour of the Governor explained that all Okada riders were on the look out for “strange faces” as it is believed that the APC lawmakers were plotting in partnership with Dr Adewale Omirin to invade the state with armed thugs.
“All Okada riders in the state should be mobilised to the House of Assembly by 6am tomorrow. Governor Fayose’s mandate is the mandate of okada riders. We must defend it with the last drop of our blood,” he said.
Samuel Agbede, the Chairman of Road Transport Workers Association of Nigeria, also concurring with Niyi Dahunsi revealed that the APC were planning to to invade the state with “lorry-loads” of thugs recruited from Lagos and Osun states tomorrow.
“The APC lawmakers have vowed to kill any one that stands on their way to achieving the plot of impeaching Governor Fayose and his Deputy, Dr Kolapo Olusola. We therefore alert all members of our union to be on the look-out from tomorrow. All driver unions’ members should be prepared to defend the mandate freely given to Governor Fayose.We gave our mandate to Fayose and we must be prepared to defend it,” h