In a move towards the commencement of impeachment process against the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin, has forwarded a notice of gross misconduct to the governor.
According to the letter titled: Re: Notice of Allegations of Gross Misconduct, sent to Fayose and signed by the 19 All Progressives Congress legislators of the House, eight impeachable allegations have been levied against the governor.
These include invasion of the House of Assembly with thugs and miscreants; instigating an unconstitutional take over of the House by seven legislators to sit in contravention of section 96(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; prevention of the 19 APC legislative members from performing legislative duties with the use of security agents and armed thugs; and sponsoring an unlawful impeachment process in the House.
Other allegations listed in the notice are spending Ekiti State funds without the requisite constitutional approval in contravention of the constitution, running the government of Ekiti State without a legally constituted State Executive Council in contravention of Section 192(2) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; operating an illegal 2014 Budget; as well as sponsoring and instigating illegal sitting of the House in contravention of Section 96(1) of the Constitution.
Fayose, who had since received the notice, was given seven days to respond to the allegations.
Both the APC dominated assembly and the state executive have been locked in a power struggle since when Fayose won last year’s governorship election on the plateform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the expense of the All Progressives Congress (APC) incumbent, Dr Kayode Fayemi.