Reports say there has been a protest in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, against the House of Assembly’s plot to impeach the State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, over alleged constitutional breaches.
Heavy security has been put in place in strategic locations in Ado Ekiti, while entry routes have been blocked and taken over by security operatives.
The political drama in Ekiti State continues as the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state were prevented by the Police from gaining access to the State House of Assembly.
The PDP supporters, led by the Deputy Governor and a former Speaker of the House Of Assembly who claimed to be on a campaign, were said to have moved to prevent the 19 lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from performing their legislative duties.
But the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Taiwo Lakanu, said that his men intervened to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had condemned what the party calls an emerging height of political recklessness in the state.
Mr Metuh said that he was worried about the impeachment plot against the Ekiti State Governor and called on the President-Elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, to intervene as leader of the party and call the APC to order.
He said: “The PDP totally and unequivocally rejects the flimsy and unsubstantiated allegations concocted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) legislation against Governor Fasoye. We state in very clear terms that we will stand with him and in defence of democracy.
“We invite all lovers of democracy and the international community to note the antics of APC and the deliberate plot to destabilize the polity even when it is yet to assume power”.
He also condemned the alleged call by the Lagos Oba for vote for the APC candidate during the governorship election, a claim the Oba has refuted.
The PDP spokesperson however, called on the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to intervene, as a leader of the party and call the Ekiti and Lagos States APC to order.
The party further called on Nigerians, especially those in Lagos and Ekiti States, to stand up fearlessly and reject the unpatriotic stance of the Oba of Lagos and the undemocratic move to dismantle the mandate given to Governor Ayo Fayose by the people.
Read Full Text Of The PDP Statement Below
Lagos, Ekiti Threats, A Plunge To Anarchy, PDP Alerts
…Vows To Resist Anti Democratic Tendencies
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns in the strongest possible terms the emerging height of political recklessness in Lagos and Ekiti states ahead of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections and calls on all Nigerians to stand up against such anti-democratic tendencies.
The senseless and unpatriotic impeachment move against Governor Ayo Fayose by out-going APC state legislators and the barbaric death threats on non-indigenes in Lagos by the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu if they vote for the PDP candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje ascend to a height of unruliness that should not be accommodated.
The PDP totally and unequivocally rejects the flimsy and unsubstantiated allegations concocted by the APC legislators against Governor Fayose. We state in very clear terms that we will stand with him and bear our full weight in defense of the mandate freely given to him by the people of Ekiti state.
We invite all lovers of democracy and the international community to note the antics of APC and the deliberate plot to destabilize the polity even when it is yet to assume power.
In the same vein, it is indeed most unfortunate that a royal father of the status of the Oba of Lagos should attempt to drag the revered traditional institution into partisan politics to the level of threatening innocent Nigerians with the view to prevent them from freely exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right.
Our response to the Oba of Lagos is that he cannot play God and can never be God. God owns the universe and every part of it and can never share His glory with any human no matter how highly placed. We therefore call on all Nigerians in Lagos state; all Igbos, Hausas, Yorubas and people of other tribes; all northerners and southerners; all Christians and Muslims to turn against this unpatriotic stance, by coming out enmasse to vote for the PDP candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje on Saturday.
Undoubtedly, this anti-Nigeria position reminds of the 2013 inhuman and callous arrest, detention and eventual ‘deportation’ of non-indigenes by the APC-led government of Lagos state and confirms fears that the APC is indeed on a mission to destroy our national unity, balkanize the nation and obliterate the personal freedom Nigerians enjoy today.
Already, the APC has started terrorizing supporters of the PDP with vows to make life unbearable for them when it eventually assumes power. Our investigation reveals that many of our prominent supporters have been marked. The process has already started with threats to the life, family and business of the Chairman of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah for supporting PDP candidates and helping non-indigenes win some Lagos seats in the National Assembly on the platform of the our great party.
Indeed, if this threats on a duly elected state governor and innocent Nigerians constitute the picture or foretaste of the order of the day when the APC finally assumes power at the center, then the nation is in serious danger. However, the PDP states in very unambiguous terms that Nigerians would not accept such under any guise whatsoever.
This is more so because in the last 16 years, our citizens from all walks of lives have seen civility and decorum under the PDP-led administration and would not accept any attempt by anybody to institute a reign of terror in the country
We therefore urge General Muhammadu Buhari as the leader of the APC to call his members and supporters, particularly in Lagos and Ekiti to order; especially bearing in mind that it was the peaceful atmosphere and the level playing ground nurtured by the PDP-led administration that created the room for his emergence at the presidential polls.
Our country cannot at this moment afford to slide into anarchy, reign of terror and deliberate schemes to divide the people for selfish political reasons.
The PDP will completely resist all anti democratic forces from any quarters. We therefore charge Nigerians, especially those in Lagos and Ekiti states respectively to stand up fearlessly and reject the unpatriotic stance of the Oba of Lagos and the undemocratic move to dismantle the mandate given to Governor Ayo Fayose by the people.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has granted waiver to a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu and two others to run as aspirants under the platform of the party in the October 11 governorship bye-election in Adamawa State.
Other persons granted waiver were a former military administrator of Lagos and Borno States, Buba Marwa and Markus Gundiri, the governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2011 election.
PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, made the disclosure to journalists on Friday at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja.
The three aspirants had earlier submitted their application for waiver to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
The NWC had also forwarded the requests to a sub committee under the leadership of the National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha.
The committee submitted its report to the NWC on Friday, recommending that the waiver should be granted.
With the development, the three aspirants will alongside eight others face a screening panel on Saturday.
The PDP is expected to name the panel members later on Friday.