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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Those calling for Fayose’s sack are chasing shadows – Ekiti Assembly


The Ekiti State House of Assembly has said those clamouring for the removal of Governor Ayodele Fayose are chasing shadows.

Speaker of the House, Kola Oluwawole said this on Wednesday in Ekiti.

Oluwawole was reacting to calls by Coalition for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption, which had in Abuja on Tuesday called for Fayose’s removal from office.

He said, “Unfortunately, they are speaking from Abuja and not from Ekiti, thus they have no jurisdiction to cry more than the bereaved in the first instance about government and governance in Ekiti State.


“The EKHA would have ignored these marauders, but they need to be aware of the following facts. The Office of the Governor of Ekiti State is established in Part 2, Section 176 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended for a period of four years herein called the term of ofwce and Section 180 (1) listed all intraneous conditions that can make an occupant to cease to hold the ofwce as a governor.

“Also, Section 189(1) of the same constitution listed the extraneous conditions of removing the governor of a state through the House of Assembly.

“Nowhere was it stated that some drunkards can gather after a binge night out and ask for the removal of a sitting and performing governor with executive powers as conferred by Section 176 (2) of the constitution.

“The EKHA is saddled with the responsibility of oversight functions, particularly with powers on matters of evidence against any political ofwce holder in Ekiti state inclusive
of the governor as enshrined in Section 129 of the Nigerian constitution as amended.

“These functions, we have carried out without fear or favour and with so much vigour in the overall interest of the people of Ekiti State. Nowhere and no time in Ekiti State will the legislature and the executive be at loggerheads because we remain indivisible,

inseparable and closely bounded, sharing the same umbilical cord with the Governor ofEkiti State, Dr. Ayodele Fayose.”

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