Embattled Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has begged the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers that are hell bent on impeaching him to enter into peaceful dialogue with him towards resolving the lingering crisis between the executive and the legislature.
Fayose who spoke today at a special prayer session organized for him by the Ansarudeen Mosque, Odo-Ado, Atikankan in Ado-Ekiti to celebrate his recent electoral victory at the Supreme Court said that he is not opposed to whatever political solution that could end the imbroglio as long as the warring APC lawmakers also embraced such idea.
He pleaded and apologized to anyone he might have offended in the performance of his duties as governor of the state to forgive him and forget the past, saying only God is perfect.
Fayose said he was waving the olive branch in the overall interest of Ekiti State people as well as restoration of peace in the state, adding that several calls and appeals for amicable solution to the lingering crisis by eminent leaders, religious leaders as well as traditional rulers informed his latest stance.
He regretted that the activities of the 19 APC lawmakers had taken its toll on legitimate businesses of innocent people of the state, with one life lost in the process.
Fayose’s move to stop his impeachment was earlier frustrated by the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Ahmed Mohammed who refused to stop the current impeachment proceedings.
Filling a case before the court, the governor and his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, prayed the court for an interim order to stop the impeachment notice served on them.
However, justice Ahmed denied the plea and only permitted their application to serve court documents on the legislators, who are defendants in the case.
Mohammed also ordered the defendants, including the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to appear in the court on Thursday, April 16, 2015.
Other defendants in the suit are the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The impeachment plot, which Fayose initially dismissed as a joke, has led to chaos in Ekiti after a riot broke out leaving one person dead.
The lawmakers are presently determined to impeach the governor over allegations bordering on impunity and breach of the constitution. [myad]