Ekiti governor’s impeachment worries traditional leaders

Ekiti governor’s impeachment worries traditional leaders

Fola Akintomide

Some traditional leaders in Ekiti State have expressed worry over the lingering impeachment move against Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The outgoing 19 lawmakers who are members All Progressives Congress (APC) are behind the move to impeach the premier.

The elders’ concerns are contained in a communiqué issued by the State Council of Traditional Rulers signed by its Chairman, Oba Idowu Adamo Babalola.

This came at the end of an emergency meeting held in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

The traditional rulers felt deeply concerned and worried about the lingering political upheaval in the state, which they said had been aggravated after the declaration of the APC presidential candidate as the winner of last presidential election.

“What is more worrisome is that these agitating legislators have left the state and abandoned their legislative duties since November, 2014,” Babalola stated.

The leaders expressed concern that time all efforts by the council of Obas to mediate in this matter could not yield any fruitful result.

“This is because the APC legislators consistently frustrated all peace moves by the Obas by not attending all the meetings called for this purpose,” part of the communiqué read.

The traditional rulers also noted that the love of the people of the state for the government was demonstrated in the subsequent elections of March and April 2015.

“With the results of the elections the people have spoken unequivocally that they want this governor to continue in office for the duration of his tenure,” Babalola said.

The leaders said the people’s position was further reinforced by the supreme court judgment of April 14 where in a unanimous decision the governor was confirmed the winner of the election.

“The council therefore wonders why after this declaration by the highest court in the country, a group of legislators whose term is about to expire and who have been voted out of office, would still insist on impeaching a legitimate governor,” the communiqué added.

The council commended the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, for rising above partisan positions to uphold the tenet of his office despite the obvious pressure from interested quarters.

Babalola said the leaders implored the Chief Judge to continue in the same spirit so as to ensure that the popular wish of the generality of the people was not subverted.

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