Renowned lawyer, Afe Babalola (SAN), has called for a meeting between the two warring factions of the Ekiti State Government, Governor Ayo Fayose and the 19 All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmakers in the state. The meeting is scheduled to hold Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Afe Babalola University.
The meeting will bring the warring factions together in a face-to-face interactive session for the first time since the crisis erupted last November.
Governor Fayose, in a statement he signed on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Ado-Ekiti, has pledged his readiness to be committed to peace moves. He also said he was committed to the peace move to end the crisis and restore the state to the path of peace, prosperity and development and that the peace of Ekiti State is far above all interests and therefore everyone should support the elders’ peace efforts.
In his words: “Ekiti elders, under the leadership of our highly respected legal icon Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), called a meeting between the two factions of the House of Assembly to resolve political crisis and I have no objection because the peace of Ekiti is far and above all other interests.
“The meeting is scheduled to hold at the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti at 11am tomorrow. I, therefore, call on everybody to support this peace move and no one should do anything to undermine it.
“Knowing how agitated and concern the people of Ekiti have been on this crisis, I wish to urge our people to give this peace effort a chance. I urge security agencies to see to it that adequate security is provided before, during and after the meeting.
“I thank Ekiti people for their unflinching support for the government and appeal to them to continue to maintain peace, bearing in mind that no society can progress in an atmosphere of rancour.”