The Ekiti State chapter of the All progressives Congress has lampooned members of the State House of Assembly for taking to the streets to protest the freezing of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s bank accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The state lawmakers had on Wednesday shifted their plenary to the streets of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, to condemn the restriction placed on the governor’s accounts by Zenith Bank on the orders of the EFCC and alleged intimidation of Mr. Fayose by the APC-led federal government.
The lawmakers, who carried placards with various inscriptions and chanted anti-President Muhammadu Buhari slogans, vowed to stand by Governor Fayose.
Condemning the show of shame, the Ekiti APC dared the lawmakers to take their protest to Abuja to show that they were not afraid of the anti-graft agency as they did in Ado-Ekiti.
In a statement issued Thursday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, the APC berated the lawmakers for turning themselves to Fayose’s alleged stooges and wondered why members that had not taken salary for six months could defend a “governor who routinely take his monthly N250m security vote while millions of naira were traced to the accounts of his family members by the EFCC”.
Mr. Olatubosun said it was unfortunate that the lawmakers had abandoned their primary role of law-making for “professional street protest in favour of a man who has milked the state dry”.
“This is the shame of a state reputed for accomplished intellectuals and men and women of substance, which is a fallout of the mistake of June 21, 2014 when Ekiti went to the dogs”.
The Ekiti APC said it was shocked that the representatives of the people could stand against the wishes of the same people who wanted allegation against the governor investigated to retrieve state’s funds to enable workers take the arrears of their six months salaries.
He said: “We are not surprised about the shameless theatrics of the rubber stamp Ekiti State House of Assembly members because they are behaving true to type as we predicted during their inauguration that nothing good would come out of this assembly because of the character and quality of individuals.
“It is a disservice to representative government that a group of lawmakers, who are expected to be loyal to their constituents, have jettisoned that cardinal principle of democracy and replaced it with loyalty to an individual whose greed is inflicting untold sufferings on the people of the state.
“We challenge the lawmakers, who have shamelessly constituted themselves to a nuisance by shifting their plenary to the streets of Ado-Ekiti in protest against the Federal Government, to go to the EFCC office in Abuja to prove their innocence”.
The party also regretted that the present crop of assembly members had not passed any bill that is beneficial to Ekiti citizens, adding they also failed to stand on the side of the when the governor imposed suffocating taxes on them, including primary school pupils.