Thursday, 4 June 2015

PDP Braces Up to Avert Gov. Fayose's Impeachment on Friday

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The bid to impeach Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State by the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the state, has left the state in tension even as it is expected that new lawmakers would be inaugurated in the state tomorrow (Friday).

Security men are still carrying out checks of persons and individuals at various entry points into the state, with their personnel still carrying out checks at various points in Efon, Ikere, Ekiti South-West and Ado -Ekiti local government areas of the state, in a bid to forestall breakdown of law and order.
The police are also carrying out stop and search of vehicles at various points in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, while supporters of Governor  Fayose and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were still laying siege at the various roads leading to the state House of Assembly.
Some of the supporters, who included commercial vehicle drivers, traders, artisans and party members and sundry people, told the Nigerian Tribune, in Ado-Ekiti that they wouldn’t end their vigil and siege on the Assembly and parts of the state “until the storm is over.”
One of them, who didn’t want to be named, said: “We elected Governor Fayose and we will stand by him until the storm is over. We cannot stand aloof and watch while people who have completed their tenure throw the state into chaos.”
Asked why they remained on the streets, despite the fact that the tenure of the fourth Assembly would end on Friday, he said: “we don’t want to take chances because the people who are plotting to destabilise the state are capable of doing anything to achieve their aim.”
The Punch correspondent in the state, Mr Kamarudeen Ogundele, was attacked by thugs at Bank Road in the state capital. Ogundele said he was attacked and beaten up while he went to guage the mood of the people in the town, and was at a point close to a check point mounted by the police.”
He said: “the hoodlums descended on me and beat me mercilessly while I was trying to take a photograph of women praying for peace in the state.”
His cloth was torn in the process, while they also seized the mobile phone with which he had taken the photograph. He said: “I kept shouting, ‘I’m a journalist’ but they did not show mercy as they pounced on me. They were like 50 people, kicking me all over my body. They dragged  me out of the car and continued hitting me. At a time, one of them went to carry a big wood in an attempt to hit my head.
“Two policemen raced to the scene to intervene, but they were overwhelmed by the mob. One of the policemen shouted that I should run, ‘don’t let them kill you!.’ I thought, it was the end because they continued beating me. Luckily for me, a few among them felt they had beaten me enough and started fighting their colleagues to let me go. I capitalised on their disagreement, with the help of the police to quickly escape.” Governor  Fayose condemned the incident and called to express regret over the mob action.
While condemning the incident, the governor said the action of the overzealous men should not be taken for action of his government and assured that journalists would be guaranteed freedom to discharge their duties without fear or favour in the state and without intimidation from any quarter.



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