By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
The impeachment proceedings against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State moved one step forward on Thursday with a resolution by the House of Assembly, under the leadership of Speaker Wale Omirin, asking the Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, to set up an impeachment panel to look into the allegations of gross misconduct against the governor.
Justice Daramola is the same Chief Judge Governor Fayose had sometime ago assaulted and disrupted proceedings in his court allegedly using thugs.
The resolution, obtained exclusively by SaharaReporters, was signed by the Speaker and other members of the “G19”, the 19 majority members of the All Progressives Congress who want the two-time governor removed from office.
WESTERN POST learnt that the 19 APC lawmakers had met at a Model High School in Ado-Ekiti to discuss the way forward following the notice of impeachment they served on Fayose on March 3rd 2015.
Appearing on a live radio and television show on Tuesday, Governor Fayose had bragged, “I’m like Israel that is in the midst of enemies but will always prevail. Whoever wants to remove me will first have to impeach God.”
In October 2006, Fayose and his first term deputy, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi, were impeached on corruption charges. Olujimi went on to be the acting governor albeit briefly, before former President Olusegun Obasanjo in power then slammed a state of emergency on the state.
If impeached in the ongoing drama, Fayose would become the first in Nigerian political history to be impeached twice from the same position.
This development is the latest in the series of recent attempts by the Ekiti state House of Assembly to make Governor Fayose answer to the alleged charges of misconduct leveled against him.