The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of
Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin, has said
Governor Ayodele Fayose cannot escape
He said the impeachment notice served him is a
constitutional matter and not theatrics to play
down serious issues of the law raised in the
letter to the governor.
He said instead of hiding to evade justice, it is
better to live with the reality that the rule of law
has come to stay in the country.
Reacting to media reports credited to the self-
styled Speaker, Dele Olugbemi and the
governor's media aide, Lere Olayinka, dismissing
the impeachment notice as a joke, Omirin said
the two men were still acting in ignorance of the
supremacy of the constitution.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media,
Wole Olujobi, Omirin said the Ekiti issue was to
rescue democracy from the gridlock of executive
lawlessness and impunity.
He said: "It will soon be clear to Fayose and his
aides that the matter at hand goes beyond
exuberant media skirmishes being deployed to
rally support for the governor.
"The world's attention has shifted to Ekiti State,
following the Ekitigate scandal. Several issues
have been raised on the place of the
constitution in nurturing democracy and as
responsible citizens, we must act fast to make
The Speaker said all allegations raised in the
impeachment notice are constitutional matters,
to which the governor must be ready to produce
answers, instead of his belligerent stance.
Advising the governor to respond to the
allegations against him, he said running away
from the Government House and using his aides
to cover his track would not help him in
defending his assault and other infractions on
the constitution that were established against
him in court.
"It is good that his men are talking in the media
about the need to uphold the constitution in this
matter even though they behave short of
upholding the constitution in their conduct.
"Even though the governor trampled on the
same constitution when he led thugs to attack
judges and tore records in the chief judge's
office, our duty is to follow constitutional path in
this impeachment process.
"These men who are flying the governor's
banner will soon see the law in action. This
impeachment process is real.
"We must rescue Ekiti State from lawlessness
and fraud. The N1.3 billion poultry project fraud
case is still in court. There are still cases of
"We have again seen the resumption of state-
sponsored terrorism with thugs attacking and
maiming Ekiti people after a break in 2006,
when the governor was impeached for fraud
and attacks on opponents.
"We thought his impeachment trauma in 2006
would have taught him a lesson, but the
governor has proved that he cannot survive in a
society where the law works.
"We advise him to come out of hiding and
defend himself because we are prepared to give
him a fair hearing.
"That is the reality he must face instead of
downplaying serious matter of constitutional