Governor Fayose Meets With Aggrieved Ekiti APC Lawmakers, Meeting Ends In Deadlock
The embattled Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Peter Fayose, yesterday held a closed door meeting with State lawmakers of ?the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akure, Ondo State.
The meeting, which was held at Sunview Hotel, Alagbaka, had five of the APC lawmakers in attendance and lasted for over five hours.
Both parties, however, kept sealed lips on the outcome of the meeting when journalists approached them after the meeting.
Addressing certain journalists after the five-hour meeting, Governor Fayose said ?he only met with the lawmakers of the APC, to find a “solution to the crisis in Ekiti State.”
“We don’t want [to take] questions because I am not going to answer any question. I don’t know whether the speaker would answer questions. We are going to make one statement and that is all,” he then added, “they [lawmakers and Governor Fayose] have met.”
When pressed by journalists who wanted to know all the attendees of the meeting, Governor Fayose responded, “well, the Executive and the Legislature. We have met in the overall interest of our State believing that we would find solution to the problem, that’s all”, he quickly said, and refused answers to further questions.
However, in a statement later issued by Omirin’s Special Adviser on Media, Wole Olujobi, the APC lawmakers, who said they acceded to the governor’s request for a fence-mending meeting following his phone calls to the Speaker, insisted on a return to the status quo as at November 11, 2014 before any peace deal could be struck.
The statement partly read, “While the governor emphasised before the lawmakers the offer of their salaries and other entitlements, the lawmakers insisted on return to the status quo as at November 11, 2014.
“That means restoring all the principal officers to their positions and all aides of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, including those of other principal officers should be restored to their positions.
“The lawmakers made it clear they were ready to return to their jobs and the governor should provide atmosphere for that possibility. They asked the governor to clear the House of Assembly of thugs and create conditions that would make them do their jobs without any security threats.
“They insisted that restoring the security aides of the principal officers and opening the Assembly for resumption of their legal duties should be the starting point for the restoration of peace.”
At the meeting were the embattled Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin, his deputy, Tunji Orisalade, Bunmi Orilowo, Churchill Adedipe and Gbenga Odebunmi.
Also at the meeting were the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Dipo Anisulowo; the Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi; a lawmaker-elect, Mr. Kola Oluwawole, and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. John James.