Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Wednesday held their plenary on a major roundabout in Okesa to protest what they said was a witch-hunt against Governor Ayodele Fayose by the Federal Government.
The legislators conducted their business under a canopy while the area was cordoned off by a detachment of armed policemen who blocked one side of the two lanes. They accused Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) and Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, of being the brains behind a plot to remove Fayose from office.
They claimed that both Falana and Ojudu had ambitions of becoming the governor of the state. The Speaker of the Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, said the lawmakers embarked on the “sit out to tell the whole world that we are determined and resolute to support Fayose.
” He alleged that 10 of the legislators had been listed for arrest on Thursday based on “trumped-up charge of not having valid certificates to contest election as Assembly members”. He added, “No amount of blackmail will make us to do dirty job, we are calling on the APC led government to leave Fayose alone. The freezing of his account is condemnable.
“We are aware of plans to arrest 10 members of Ekiti State House of Assembly, we are ready for arrest. We stand by Fayose, enough is enough. Let there be peace in Ekiti, let Abuja leave Fayose alone.”
The Committee Chairman on Health, Samuel Omotoso, accused the Federal Government of “flippancy and double standards” in its prosecution of anti-corruption war, saying the legislators were ready for arrest. “There are double standards and flippancy in the so-called anti-corruption war. When you are in PDP, you are a demon but when you run to APC, you become a saint,” he said.