Fayose Begs APC For Forgiveness, Says He Is Ready For Dialogue
Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said he is ready for dialogue with his opponents to bring peace to the state adding that he has asked for forgiveness from those he might have offended, saying nobody is perfect.
Fayose spoke on Friday at a special prayer session organised for him by the Ansar-udeen Mosque, Atikankan in Ado-Ekiti to celebrate his recent electoral victory at the Supreme Court.
The 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have issued a notice of impeachment on the governor, citing eight impeachable offences.
The embattled speaker, Dr Adewale Omirin, had last Thursday requested the state Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to raise a seven-man panel within seven days of receipt of the letter to investigate Fayose and his deputy, Dr Kolapo Olusola, over allegations of impunity, violence and stalking among other constitutional breaches.
Fayose said, “If they say someone has enemies, I’m number one in the world. But God has been merciful and has been helping me to overcome my challenges.
“I need your prayers because it will strengthen me more. I’m here in the mosque to thank God.
“All I want is peace. I have a constitutionally guaranteed tenure. A governor is judged by his achievements in office. All I’m interested in is to bring development to my people. My opponents know if I have a rest of mind, I will achieve my objectives.
“All those I have offended should forgive me for the sake of the masses and orphans. They should know people gave me the mandate. Nobody is above mistake; they should forgive me.”
The governor said many people in the state had been living in palpable fear of the unknown before the judgment of the Supreme Court.
“We are here to thank God and pray for peace. I’m appealing to those aggrieved to please allow peace to reign. There is no perfect man. They should allow peace to reign. All I want is peace that will energise development.
“Anything that can bring peace cannot be wished away. For me, I’m ready to accommodate everybody. Whatever they want, we can sit down and talk.”
Earlier, before leading the prayers for the governor, the state missioner of the Ansarudeen Movement, Alhaji Liadi Adebayo, called on politicians in the state to settle their differences.
Meanwhile, the speaker of the State House of Assembly and head of the All Progressives Congress 19 state legislators, Dr. Adewale Omirin has expressed their willingness to dialogue with the governor if he (Fayose) is ready to “toe the path of peace”.
Omirin in a statement said, “We are ready too for dialogue; if he is ready to toe the path of peace. He is the one causing trouble. He is the one that has brought inconvenience to us and our families.
“He has stopped our salaries and other entitlements. It is not that we don’t want to work with him, but he is the one refusing to allow peace to reign in the state.”