Some members of the All Progressives Congress in the Ekiti House of Assembly have written to Governor Ayodele Fayose over the need to respect the constitution and to ensure their protection.
In a November 18 letter addressed to the Governor, their lawyer, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, said the letter became necessary due to invasion of the Assembly, harassment, intimidation and threat to them for refusing to join the Peoples Democratic Party.
The letter was titled, “Your threat to peace, order and governance leadership in the Ekiti State House of Assembly.”
Abayomi who refused to name the concerned lawmakers because of the prevailing threat to them, asked the Governor to assure their personal security, political standing in the Assembly “and the honor of the House of Assembly as a separate power.”
“Their concern and ours as their legal counsel arose from government sponsored threat to peace, order, good leadership and good government, particularly in the House of Assembly of Ekiti State.
“This Letter is a warning to you and your administration that no one is above the Law in Nigeria. Please take time to do right not only to those who voted to support you but those who voted against you in exercise of their constitutional duty.
“This is what the constitution expects for you to be considered fit for the commission you now hold,” the letter stated.
But Fayose in his reaction to the letter described Abayomi as a “hypocrite not worthy of attention.”
He said Nigerians should ask Abayomi where he was when a former Ekiti Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, used 12 Action Congress of Nigeria lawmakers to confirm the appointment of Local Government Caretaker Committee in 2010 while the then Speaker, Tunji Odeyemi, and other Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers were in Abuja to meet with the president.
Fayose, who was reacting through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, advised Abayomi to stop exposing his naked hypocrisy.
He said “Dr Abayomi should first show to the public, the record of his complaints when the APC Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, shut the State House of Assembly and moved the House sitting to the Government House.
“The lawyer should also show to Nigerians if he reacted by writing the kind of abusive letter that he wrote to Governor Fayose to Fayemi when he sacked duly elected Local Government chairmen and Councilors in 2010 and use of 12 ACN lawmakers (without the Speaker and Deputy Speaker) to approve appointment of caretaker committee.”