The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has reacted to the ruling of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, which rejected Governor Ayodele Fayose’s request to stop the House of Assembly from going ahead with the impeachment proceedings against him, saying it is laughable that the governor, who once desecrated the judiciary by leading thugs to beat up judges and tear court records in the Chief Judge’s office, is now approaching the same institution to protect him from his illegal acts.
It also expressed surprise that the governor could approach a Federal High Court in Abuja for protection over a matter that happened in Ekiti after lampooning APC for approaching same court in Jos Division, while seeking protection from the governor’s incessant harassment and attacks.
The Ekiti APC added that the governor contradicted himself by challenging the legality of his impeachment proceedings following his earlier statement that he was unaware of any impeachment move by the lawmakers.
A statement by Ekiti APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said Mr. Fayose is confused on how to handle his cases in court, having desecrated Ekiti State judiciary and instigating the state judiciary workers to refuse resumption of duties.
“Fayose didn’t allow Ekiti courts to function and he declared the State Chairman of the APC, Chief Olajide Awe, wanted over a phantom murder charge, Chief Awe obtained an injunction against arrest from a Federal High Court in Jos, which the governor referred to as a ‘black market injunction’. He has now run to Abuja to get an injunction to restrain the 19 lawmakers from impeaching him but the court in its wisdom has turned this request down”, the APC spokesman noted.
Mr. Olatubosun expressed delight at the court ruling, saying it was a warning to the governor and his ilk that the rule of law had come to stay in Nigeria.
“Bye bye to impunity and flagrant trampling on the nation’s constitution. The governor should get set for his impeachment and we advise him to assemble his legal representatives. The Assembly is prepared to give him a fair hearing in the matter and he should be assured that he has nothing to fear.
“Mr. Fayose must respond to the impeachment notice from the House of Assembly and stop looking for an easy way out,” the Olatubosun added, stressing that the emergence of General Buhari as the President-elect marked the end of impunity in the country”.