The Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) Elders Forum has declared that there is no escape route for Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose in the impeachment process launched by 19 members of the House of Assembly.
The body said Fayose has serially breached the Constitution, desecrated the esteemed office he occupies and should be ready to face the consequences of his action.
It also congratulated the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory at the March 28 presidential poll saying Nigerians are expecting a honest, purposeful and growth-oriented leadership, diversification of the economy and improvement of the economy from the APC-led Federal Government.
The Publicity Secretary of Ekiti APC Elders Forum, Dr. Bayo Orire, who made the position of the group known on Friday also warned the military and the police against being used to hinder the lawmakers from carrying out their constitutional functions.
Condemning the military for turning back the 19 APC lawmakers from entering Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Tuesday, Orire said the party?s elder body was concerned about an alleged open partisanship of officers and men of the Nigerian Army on the matter.
He also said the Police and the Army should not be watching helplessly for hoodlums to seize the whole state and interfere with the constitutional duties of the Assembly members.
Dr. Orire explained that the lawmakers should not be blamed for signing and forwarding an impeachment notice against Fayose saying a responsible House of Assembly was not expected to look the other way when the chief executive was overstepping his bounds.
According to him, Fayose has violated the oath he swore to defend the Constitution and not do anything to infringe on the rule of law urging the people of the state not to see the action of the lawmakers as an attack on the governor but to save the state from impunity and sliding into an ?irredeemable dictatorship.?
The APC elders? spokesman maintained that whatever constitutional action taken by the nineteen lawmakers remain legitimate, legal and binding since they have met and surpassed the two-third majority needed to remove an erring governor.
He said: ?The violence that paralyzed all activities on Tuesday was an incited, sponsored and planned reaction. The gruesome sign of a weak leader who only believes in the brawn and sheer brute force, a man of unmatched deceptive ploy.
?No matter what they do in form of killing, maiming, burning of cars, intimidation and harassment, the law must take its course and the truth must prevail.
?The crux of the impeachment saga will emerge very soon, we all here when he emerged by sheer brute force and brigandage against all contending PDP aspirants.
?It was he that filled his own form on falsehood, he contested against the ten-year impeachment limit period. The whole world heard how he harassed judges in court premises and topped it all by forcing out 19 legislators and installed seven to rule.
?All other impeachable offences were committed by him so he would face the wrath of the law no matter what happens. Majority of the complaints against him are basic, fundamental and constitutional.