The peace move led by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), to find a lasting political solution to the crisis between Governor Ayodele Fayose
two factions in the State House of Assembly seems to be dead on arrival
as the meeting failed to hold because the All Progressives Congress
lawmakers did not show as planned.
A source close to the meeting
said the APC lawmakers said they will not meet with Fayose at Afe
Babalola University, Ado EKiti, Ekiti state capital because of security
They source said they will only meet with him for peace
talks at a neutral venue as they claimed that the governor has
constituted a task force to monitor their movement within Ekiti state.
Fayose had stated that he was committed to meet with the lawmakers in
the interest of the state but the presence of thugs at the State House
of Assembly was cited as one of the reasons for the boycott by the
It would be recalled that since he was sworn in as
governor of the state on 16 October 2014, Fayose has been having a
running battle with members of the state House of Assembly elected on
the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
up when seven lawmakers purportedly impeached the Speaker, Dr Adewale
Omirin and 18 other members of the state House of Assembly and elected
their own speaker.
Fayose and the factional lawmakers made the state too hot for Omirin and his 18 colleagues and they fled to Lagos last year.
They regrouped in Ekiti after APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, won the 28 March election.
immediately served a notice of impeachment on Fayose. The outrage that
greeted the plan to impeach Fayose has thrown the state into crisis with
stakeholders calling for an end to impunity and lawlessness in the state.