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Women vow to stop Fayose’s impeachment

Posted: Apr 23, 2015 at 9:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yaqoub Popoola –  Ado-Ekiti


The Ekiti Council of Elders has decried the recurring political crises in the state, which they said is fast becoming a laughing stock in the country.
The elders, at an emergency meeting held in Ado-Ekiti,  called on the warring parties to, as matter of urgency, halt the political offensive in the overall interest of the state.

They also condemned the hard stance of the contending forces, stressing that such would not lead to a lasting peace in Ekiti.

This is as women in Ikere-Ekiti staged a peaceful protest against the plot to remove Governor Ayo Fayose and his Deputy, Kolapo Eleka

They issued a seven-day ultimatum to the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers to back down from the impeachment moves or they would invoke the gods against them.

Also, Ekiti Elders had promised to summon Fayose and the 19 APC lawmakers to a peace parley to resolve the crisis, saying the efforts became imperative to avert further violence in the state.

This is in spite of the pendency of the case instituted by the embattled factional Speaker, Adewale Omirin, against his impeachment.

The women, in their hundreds, started the protest as early as 5.am at Oke Oja Area and danced round the town, chanting anti-lawmakers songs, warning that any attempt to impeach Fayose would provoke violence in the state.
Briefing newsmen after the protest, the group’s spokesman, Mrs Mojisola Ogunjemilua, maintained that any violence against Fayose was a direct confrontation against the people of Ikere Ekiti, where the Deputy Governor, Olubunmi Olusola, hails from.
“Why is it that trouble will always come when Ikere son is in Government? Former governor of old Ondo State, Evang Bamidele Olumilua, was not allowed to complete his term due to military usurpation.
“When Mr. Abiodun Aluko and Bisi Omoyeni were also elected the Deputy Governors at different times in Ekiti under democratic setting, the two were not allowed to complete their terms and now now, Dr Olusola.

“Fayose himself, who is from Afao Ekiti, shared historical connection with Ikere Ekiti.
“All we want in Ekiti is peace and we are calling on the lawmakers, particularly the two of them from Ikere constituencies to back out of the impeachment within seven days, failing, which we will invite the gods to intervene and this will be disastrous”, she said.

The Regent of Ikere community, Ayooye Adegboye-Oyinlola, while addressing the protesters, applauded them for their peaceful dispositions and urged the lawmakers to embrace the olive branch stretched to them by Fayose, for Ekiti to be in peace.

The Regent expressed elation that the kernel of the protest has been for the restoration of peace in the state, calling on all stakeholders to listen to the women for development to be achievable in the State.
A press statement signed by the Chairman of the Ekiti Council of Elders, Prof Tunde Oluwasanmi, and presented by the Chairman Committee for the creation of Ekiti State, Deji Fasuan , begged the feuding groups to refrain from portraying Ekiti as a beleaguered
state and disallow external forces from intervening in Ekiti affairs.

The council said the pendency of the case instituted by Omirin against his impeachment has been stalling their interference to settling the intractable crisis, saying “we get stuck, likewise our Obas each time we make efforts to settle this matter, but we will continue to say
the truth.

“Not that we had not put in efforts in the past to broker truce between the two warring groups. We had even gone further by appealing to our royal fathers, who continue to command regards and high respect in our society to intervene.
“Unfortunately, we had failed in all these previous endeavours due to the apparent refusal of our difficult sons and daughters who are operating in the political space.

“We are now for the umpteenth time appealing to all politicians, especially those in government and the opposition in Ekiti State to bury the hatchet, think about our people whom they are serving and give peace a chance.
“Even our detractors, even in the Yoruba heartland and nation are laughing at us, remembering the inglorious wet-e dais in the old Western Region of Nigeria.

“At that time, much of the trauma and dislocation was borne in Ekiti than any part of the region, including Lagos.

“So, was also our experience during Ajasin and Omoboriowo struggle in 1983.
“In furtherance of our efforts and belief, we hereby renew our call for our brothers who are the combatants in this state to attend to another meeting which we are calling shortly”, the council stated.