NBA urges Ekiti APC lawmakers to stop impeachment plot


Fayose, governor of Ekiti

DESCRIBING the ongoing impeachment moves against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State as unpopular among the people, the Ikere Ekiti branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has urged the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers to drop their plot.

The NBA branch chairman, Bunmi Olugbade, yesterday urged the outgoing lawmakers to start planning their valedictory service and allow peace to reign in the state, while all gladiators in the impeachment issue should embrace peace and avoid any action that could throw the state into chaos.

According to Olugbade, the issue is no longer popular in Nigeria because it has been bastardised by politicians who use it to settle scores with opponents. He reminded political office holders in the state that they are holding their positions in trust hence their actions must be in tandem with the wishes of the electorate.

In view of that, he said, the outgoing members should listen to the voice of indigenes that their votes last June 14 should be sacrosanct and protected. More so, parties in the crisis must comply with the court order to maintain status quo ante as at April 2015 till the next adjourned date.

“It is only logical that only an insensitive leader will do anything contrary to the order of the court and wishes of the people they are representing. What we want in Ekiti is peace, nothing but peace,” he said.

“As honourable members in the twilight of their tenure, why are they pursuing an impeachment exercise that will take about four months to accomplish, particularly when trying to impeach the governor and his deputy without an offence known to members of the public? “We want to call on them to sheathe their swords, they should be planning their send-forth and valedictory sitting because it is apparent that it is all over.

We advise that they should not put their names in the black book of Ekiti State, more so when elders have extended the olive branch to them, which they rejected.” He added: “We should all learn a lesson from Justice John Fabiyi, who said in his judgment in the case of APC versus Fayose and others, that only a dog that will get lost in the forest that will not listen to the whistle of the hunter.”

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