Impeachment: Labour Unions Hold Ekiti Hostage for Fayose

by on April 18, 2015

For close to seven hours labour unions seized the major roads in Ado-Ekiti thereby disrupting both commercial and other activities.

The action is in solidarity with Governor Ayo Fayose over his planned impeachment by the 19 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the Ekiti State House of Assembly.

The unions enforced no movement order for vehicles and commercial motorcycles from 6am to 12noon. They also ensured that workers in the state civil service adhered strictly to the stay-at-home order.

Although, the unions had issued threat the previous day, many residents of Ado-Ekiti were still caught unawares as many of them hurriedly locked their shops and ran back home, thinking it was a full scale political battle between the rival camps.

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When journalists visited the secretariat, the place was under lock and key, while commercial motorcyclists had to stay away from all major roads because of the barricades mounted at regular interval to ensure strict compliance with the restriction order.

Mostly affected were the Basiri- Fajuyi-Old Garage- Ajilosun Road and the Bank Road, which led to the State Secretariat and the converging point for workers in the state.

The labour leaders under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council JNC), who converged on Fajuyi Park as early as 6am warned that any attempt to impeach Fayose would trigger serious crisis in the state.

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Addressing newsmen on the impeachment saga, the NLC Secretary in the state, Com Ade Obatoye, stated that the restiveness being allegedly caused by the lawmakers had been affecting the citizens of the State.

The NLC leader urged the lawmakers to allow the people to enjoy the mandate freely given to the governor on June 21 governorship election.

“Though, we agree with Hon Adewale Omirin that he has the right to fight for his right, but he must wait for the outcome of the suit he instituted against his impeachment. He cannot because of his impeachment plunge Ekiti into crisis because he stands impeached until the court rules otherwise.

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“But staying in Osun or Lagos State and be hurling stones at Ekiti is uncalled for and selfish. Former Governors Niyi Adebayo and Kayode Fayemi of the APC ruled the State in peace. But when Fayose and Segun Oni of the PDP came, trouble started. We will not allow this to continue because Ekiti belongs to all of us.

Source: Daily independent

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