Ekiti State House of Assembly (EKHA) has called on those seeking the removal of Governor Ayodele Fayose to first remove the head of government in Abuja, apparently referring to President Muhammadu Buhari, before thinking of removing Fayose.
EKHA stated this through its Speaker, Pastor Kola Oluwawole in response to an Abuja group, Coalition for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption, which called on the National Assembly to invoke the doctrine of necessity to effect the impeachment of the Ekiti State governor, Mr Fayose.
He said, “Those behind this faceless Abuja group are therefore informed that their agenda is dead on arrival. It is an impossible mission.
“However, should in case they are desperate at seeing the removal of any head of government, there is one at their backyard in Abuja, whose removal Nigerians are already clamouring for, having failed to keep his electoral promises, but instead subjected Nigerians to hunger and deprivation, untoward hardships and tendency to dictatorship and absolutism as well as flagrant disobedience to court orders.
“Lastly, for now and for ever, let those behind the Abuja faceless group know that as far as the EKHA and the Ekiti People are concerned; on Fayose we stand. No apology,” the Speaker said.
Earlier in the statement Oluwawole stated, “For the avoidance of doubts, the Office of the Governor of Ekiti State as well of those of other governors in the country, is established in Part 2, Section 176 (1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) for a period of four years herein called the term of office while Section 180 (1) listed all the conditions that can make an occupant to cease to hold the office as a Governor.
“Also, Section 189 (1) of the same Constitution listed the conditions under which a State governor can be removed through the House of Assembly of such state. Nowhere was it mentioned that the National Assembly has any role to play in the removal of a governor.
“Also, nowhere was it stated that some drunkards can gather after a binge night out and asked for the removal of a sitting and performing governor with executive powers as conferred by section 176 (2) of the constitution, using doctrine of necessity.
“Most importantly, the EKHA is saddled with the responsibility of oversight functions, particularly with powers on matters of evidence against any political office holders in Ekiti State inclusive of the governor as enshrined in section 129 of the Nigerian constitution as amended”.
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