Ekiti State House of Assembly, Thursday, passed a vote of confidence on Governor Ayodele Fayose saying he has performed creditably well even within the meager resources available to the state.
The Assembly also appealed to the labour movement in the state, under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and its affiliates, not to allow itself to be used by external forces against the government of Ekiti State.
According to a statement by Stephen Gbadamosi, Special Assistant (Media) to the Speaker, the Assembly had, in a resolution signed by the Speaker, Hon. Kola Oluwawole; Hon. Sina Animasaun, Secretary; and Hon. Tunji Akinyele, Chairman, maintained that “the Ekiti State House of Assembly, hereby, passed a vote of confidence on Governor Ayodele Fayose because he has performed creditably and transparently well within the meager resources available to the state.”
The House also resolved that “anyone within or outside the state that is subtly contacting or pressurizing any House of Assembly member to do any dirty job should drop the idea, as none of the Assembly members can be bought, induced, coerced, harassed or intimidated to do any unwholesome or dirty assignment against the state government”.
“That any externally sponsored crisis against Governor Ayodele Fayose is a total war against the entire people of the state and would be heavily resisted.”
Warning the NLC against being used against the governor, the Assembly said “the State House of Assembly, hereby, appeal to NLC and its affiliates not to allow itself to be used by any external forces against the government of Ekiti State”.
The Assembly also urged striking workers to “please go back to work because the governor and government of Ekiti State have been transparent enough about the financial situation of the state.”
The House noted that “the precarious financial situation of the state was caused by the huge debt inherited from the Kayode Fayemi-led administration, coupled with the dwindling allocation to the states from the federal government. The NLC should show high level of understanding that the current financial situation of the state is certainly is not sufficient to pay the outstanding workers’ salaries.
“Thus, a genuine reconciliation and negotiation should be embraced by the labour unions with the state government”, it advised.