The 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly have described Governor Ayodele Fayose’s white flag to them as a farce.
The lawmakers, who were reacting to yesterday’s broadcast by Fayose, in which he called on people of the state to rise up in defense of their mandate, said the governor was never committed to peace in the first place.
It would be recalled that the embattled governor, on Friday, asked for forgiveness from his opponents even as he welcomed the idea of a political solution to the intractable crisis between him and the aggrieved lawmakers.
A statement by Special Adviser on Media to the Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin, Wole Olujobi, said the governor had in his broadcast on Sunday demonstrated that he was never committed to the peace he preached barely 24 hours before his inciting broadcast.
The APC lawmakers, therefore, advised him to stop inciting the people against them.
The statement reads in part: “How do you reconcile this inciting broadcast with a plea he made for peace not quite 24 hours earlier, which Ekiti people and indeed Nigerians thought was a good move by the governor to thaw the frozen relationship between him and the lawmakers?
“This is a confirmation of what Dr. Omirin said in his Sunday Punch interview that the governor can’t be trusted in any peace move.
“It is shocking that the governor, who refused to make any remark or commitment during the church service after the man of God appealed to him to embrace peace, could go on air few minutes after the church service to start inciting workers, traders, okada riders and artisans to defend him with their last drop of blood.
“As if his inciting live broadcast was not enough, Ekiti people were shocked when a public service announcement started running intermittently on the state media urging okada riders to look out for strange faces across the state and attack them because they are thugs that are being imported into the state by the APC lawmakers.
“They are also to converge on the House of Assembly as early as 6am on Monday to prevent the lawmakers from performing their legal duties”, the statement added.
Stressing that they were not planning any invasion of the state with thugs from neighbouring states, the lawmakers called the attention of Nigerians to the unlawful acts of the governor in his desperate move to ensure that the lawmakers were rendered ineffective in the discharge of their lawful duties.