The Ekiti State Commercial drivers have on Thursday, May 14, 2015 issued a statement regarding moves to impeach Governor Ayodele Fayose, warning that it would resist any such moves.
The statement was jointly signed by the Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association (RTEA), Samuel Agbede, Chairman, National Unions of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Clement Adekola and Chairman, Pick-Up and Lorry Drivers Association, Atowoju Oluwatosin.
The commercial drivers noted the involvement of a former governor of the state and Deputy National Chairman of the APC and two APC serving senators in the plot and warned those backing the lawmakers to be mindful of the fact that Ekiti people are watching them.
The unions warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the state House of Assembly against displaying “power-drunk syndrome’’ by their insistence, saying they would resist any act to subvert the mandate freely given to the governor.
The drivers also handed down a warning to their lawmakers’ sponsors, who they said seem determined in destabilising the state, saying they are monitoring their movement between now and the end of their tenure on June 6, 2015.
They were reacting to the impeachment move being spearheaded by the lawmakers against Fayose over alleged gross misconduct and the purported notice of impeachment sent to the governor.
According to Thisday Newspaper, the unions said they are aware of the meeting held by eight of the APC lawmakers with a former president yesterday night and the one they have scheduled for Osogbo, Osun State tonight as well as the two dates they have picked to invade Ekiti, adding: “All efforts by the APC lawmakers and their sponsors to throw Ekiti State into chaos will be resisted.
“We are following every of their moves and whatever funny move they make between now and the end of their tenure will be resisted.”
“We have voted and elected Fayose as our governor and we wish to assure any security agent they are enlisting to come and destabilise Ekiti State that we are ready for them. Their sponsors should also know that this is 2015, not 2006, we are wiser now,” the unions said.
“We, the commercial drivers see the APC lawmakers as recalcitrant.
Rejecting peace efforts by Ekiti elders, traditional rulers and other is to say the least, insulting.”
“As at today, there is a court order that all parties in the
impeachment saga should maintain status quo and the suit will come up again on May 21. The Inspector General of Police (IG), who is also a party to the pending case, had already been served the court order and other processes and as a lawyer himself, we believe the IG should know the implication of a court order”.
In response the lawmakers said the governor himself was responsible for the impeachment crisis, having flouted the law by using only seven lawmakers to conduct the affairs of the assembly.