By Omololu Adebayo
To further the impeachment plans of the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, the 19 APC lawmakers of the state’s House of Assembly have unanimously directed the chief judge of Ekiti to set up a 7-man panel to investigate the impeachable charges leveled up against the embattled governor.
The APC law makers who had commenced the impeachment process of governor Fayose had served him an online notice dated march 3 2015.
The dramatic move had thrown the state into chaos and fear as some PDP members had staged protests in the state capital, while blocking the entrance to the state house of assembly; an action believed by the APC to stop the law makers from seating.
However, the state legislators in a resolution moved by its majority leader, Mr Wale Omirin on Thursday, said, the direction to set up a panel to investigate the governor was in line with section 188 of the1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
Part of the resolution reads, “WHEREAS the majority leader moved a motion that the house do direct the Chief Judge of the State to set up a committee to investigate allegation of constitutional breaches levelled against the Governor of the State Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose and Deputy Governor Dr. Ojo Kolapo Olusola Eleka.The motion was seconded by Rt Hon. Orisalade Adetunji Taiwo.
“In view of the debates on the impeachment notice dated 3rd of March 2015, whereas members unanimously agreed that same be looked into in accordance with the provisions of section 188 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”
Governor Ayo Fayose was alleged to have sponsored an unlawful impeachment process of the then speaker of the ekiti state house of Assembly, Mr Wale Omirin, while permitting an unconstitutional takeover of the state house by just 7 PDP lawmakers as against section92(2) of the 1999 constitution
Some other offences range from corruption to impunity and flagrant disrespect for the constitution.