The speaker of Ekiti House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin has said there was no level of intimidation and harassment that could force him to dump All Progressives Congress (APC) for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The speaker was reacting to the closure of his filling station allegedly on the orders of the new governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose.
Omirin said that there was no justification for the closure of his filling station since he fulfilled all the prerequisite environmental guidelines.
However, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said the Speaker not deliberately targeted by the closure and that the action was taken in the best interest of the state.
“The essence of the closure was to ensure sanity within the state capital and Ekiti at large,” Adelusi said.
But Omirin said he was a victim of the governor’s witch-hunt, saying he had “secured all necessary approvals for the project.”
Omirin said, “Honourable Joseph Dele Olugbemi had told me two days after the governor’s inauguration that he (the governor) had made up his mind to close my filling station over refusal to join the PDP. Hon Olugbemi defected to PDP on the day Governor Fayose was inaugurated.
“I had earlier told the governor that in the interest of Ekiti people, the House of Assembly would work with him to deliver dividends of democracy for the good people of the state.
“I called the governor to confirm what the honourable member told me about the plan to close my filling station. The governor denied any of such plan, swearing that he would not pursue any victimization agenda against the opponents.
“But only yesterday the governor ordered the closure of the filling station, citing environmental factor.”