The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has described as shameful Wednesday’s protest by lawmakers in the state against the freezing of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s accounts by the EFCC.
The lawmakers had shifted their plenary to the streets to condemn the freezing of the governor’s two accounts in the Ado Ekiti branch of Zenith Bank and alleged intimidation of the governor by the federal government.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Taiwo Olatubosun, APC dared the lawmakers to take their protest to Abuja to show that they were not afraid of the EFCC as they did in Ado Ekiti.
The party, who berated the lawmakers for turning themselves to Fayose’s alleged stooges, wondered why members that had not taken salary for six months could defend a “governor who routinely take his monthly N250m security vote while millions of naira were traced to the accounts of his family members by the EFCC.”
The party said it was unfortunate that the lawmakers had abandoned their primary role of law-making for “professional street protest in favour of a man who has milked the state dry.”
”This is the shame of a state reputed for accomplished intellectuals and men and women of substance, which is a fallout of the mistake of June 21, 2014 when Ekiti went to the dogs.”
He said the party was shocked that the representatives of the people could stand against the wishes of the same people who wanted allegation against the governor investigated to retrieve state’s funds to enable workers take the arrears of their six months salaries.
He said: “We are not surprised about the shameless theatrics of the rubber stamp Ekiti State House of Assembly members because they are behaving true to type as we predicted during their inauguration that nothing good would come out of this assembly because of the character and quality of individuals.
“It is a disservice to representative government that a group of lawmakers, who are expected to be loyal to their constituents, have jettisoned that cardinal principle of democracy and replaced it with loyalty to an individual whose greed is inflicting untold sufferings on the people of the state.
“We challenge the lawmakers, who have shamelessly constituted themselves to a nuisance by shifting their plenary to the streets of Ado-Ekiti in protest against the Federal Government, to go to the EFCC office in Abuja to prove their innocence.”
The APC regretted that the assembly had not passed any bill that is beneficial to Ekiti citizens, including failing to defend the people when Fayose imposed suffocating taxes on them, including primary school pupils.
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