Emmanuel Ani in Ado-Ekiti reports the declaration of solidarity by Representatives-elect with embattled Governor Ayo Fayose, a day to their departure to Abuja for the inauguration of the 8th National Assembly
Few days after Governor Ayo Fayose inaugurated the Hose of Assembly and effectively checkmated the months long impeachment threat by the APC legislators, Elected House of Representatives members from Ekiti State have joined other peace-seeking stakeholders in the state to prevail on the APC to discontinue with activities that would heat up the polity and distract the government from implementing its programmes for the people.
They warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of the consequences of the party’s relentless war against the state Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, saying the party should stop fighting against God and the people of Ekiti. The lawmakers-elect, who said it was worrisome that after the failed plot by the APC members of the State House of Assembly to illegally impeach Governor Fayose and his deputy, Dr Kolapo Olusola, the party was still unrelenting in its fight against the governor. In a statement signed by the six Reps members- elect, Ayo Oladimeji, Segun Adekola, Akin Awodumila, Olamide Oni, Thaddeus Aina and Kehinde Agboola, APC and its leaders in Ekiti State, they were admonished the APC people to let peace reign in the State.
“Having fought for twelve months (July 2014 – June 2015), trying to get what they lost at the polls through the backdoor, the most sensible thing for the APC leaders to do now is to allow Governor Fayose to run his government, while the party prepares for 2018.”, they said, adding that “Telling lies and engaging in childish criticism, like the one on academic qualifications of new members of the State House of Assembly is no doubt a sign that the APC won’t relent in its evil opposition against the people of Ekiti State, and our advice is that they should stop fighting Fayose, because he is God anointed.
Continuing the federal lawmakers drew a parallel with the PDP administration: “If former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had behaved the way the APC people in Ekiti State are behaving, Nigeria would be in crisis by now,” they said. While admonishing the in-coming lawmakers in the state to learn from the way the APC lawmakers ended their tenure in ignominy, the National Assembly members-elect said they should always remember the ladder with which they climbed to the House of Assembly.
“The in-coming lawmakers have seen how the APC lawmakers ended their tenure in shame. They should learn from this and remain loyal to the State and the governor, on whose back they rode to the House of Assembly,” they said.
Surprisingly, the outgoing lawmaker representing Ekiti Central Federal Constituency I of Ekiti State, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, added his voice in support for peace and harmony in the state after the inauguration of the House of Assembly. Speaking in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital yesterday, Bamidele prodded the elected federal lawmakers that would be inaugurated today to be good and worthy ambassadors of the State .
Bamidele, who was elected in 2011 on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, thanked the members of his constituency for giving him the opportunity to represent them at that high echelon of political representation, saying the gesture would forever be appreciated. The PDP won the three senatorial and six House of Representatives seats during the March 28 presidential/National Assembly elections in the State. A statement he personally signed in Ado Ekiti on Monday, said though the elected representatives were members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, but reiterated that the charge became imperative in view of the people’s expectations for a better performance.
The All Progressives Congress Chieftain and outgoing chairman, House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, urged the Ekiti intending National Assembly members that will be inaugurated today, to always put the corporate interest of their constituents above personal or parochial sentiments. Bamidele while describing his experience as a member of the national assembly as very rewarding and worthwhile, lauded the electorate for their unflinching supports which makes him to survive the onslaught during his political sojourn out of the ACN and back to the APC. He said: “Four years ago you elected me overwhelmingly to represent you in the House of Representatives in Abuja.
Little did we both know that the journey would span a life time, going by the level of bonding that has since taken place and the amount of love that has been shared between you and I. “Through thick and thin, good and bad times, anxiety and assurances, it was indeed a worthwhile and memorable experience. Beyond representing you on the floor of the House, I have had an unusual privilege of being a part of the personal social, political and economic lives of many of you. “have also had the privilege to reach out across the entire State as a true son of Ekiti and citizen of the entire State.
In responding to your individual and varying social, economic and emotional stimuli as your elected Representative, we laughed together, cried together, stood by our values and what we believed in. “We are not only bound by one progressive cord, but by many goals, dreams and vision of a better society, Federal constituency, State, Country and the world at large. “Thank you for your unflinching belief in me, and most especially for the opportunities to speak on your behalf in this high echelon of political representation. “Through these four years, your body language vividly conveyed a radiating and convincing message that I had walked my talk, kept my promises and I sincerely hope I have made you proud. “I will always represent you in most deserving way, share your dreams, desires, represent your collective interest and endeavour to be there for you”.