The Ekiti State house of assembly took its chummy relationship with the State governor, Ayo Fayose, too far on Tuesday when it permitted the governor to breach several assembly protocols during the presentation of the Appropriation Bill at the House of Assembly.
Fayose came into the assembly dressed in a T-shirt and jeans like he was on his way to wash his car and just decided to stop by to say hello. Then the governor made a mockery of the legislative process when he brought out a gavel and symbolically “passed” the budget into law after presenting the proposal to the lawmakers. Through it all, the hapless lawmakers smiled and laughed in a shameless display of subservience.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the show in the Ekiti Assembly in a statement released yesterday by Publicity Secretary Taiwo Olatunbosun. He said it was regrettable that the lawmakers allowed the governor to get away with the breach of official protocol, which undermined the Assembly’s integrity.
Olatunbosun said:”The world watched in disbelief as Fayose stormed the House of Assembly in casual dress.
“The governor’s appearance is uncultured and in flagrant disregard of the rule of law and constituted authority. It defies decorum, violates law and order and abuses power
“More shocks came when the governor grabbed the gavel and started conducting a mock sitting.
“The worst was the quality of English by the governor who said: ‘those who doesn’t support the quick passage of the budget should say ‘Aye’ or ‘Nay’, to which both gallery and members hooted ‘Aye’.”
Berating the lawmakers for allowing the executive to undermine the established protocol of the Assembly and put the state in ridicule by allowing the governor to use the gavel as well as appearing in casual wear, Olatunbosun said members’ conduct demonstrated the confirmation of their subservient relationship with the governor in clear breach of the constitution.
Very true. And disturbing.