Loyalists of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, moved early on Tuesday morning to confront threats to impeach him by blocking all roads leading into the state capital.
Bonfire and felled trees were hastily arranged on the Highways leading into the state, ahead of the expected return of the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers who had signified their intention to commence impeachment proceeding against Fayose.
Fayose defeated APC Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi in the governorship election held in June 2014 and was strident in his attacks against the candidacy of retired General Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election held on March 28.
Evidence of mobilization in support of Fayose emerged early as members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took over the Ekiti State House of Assembly in an attempt to prevent the 19 APC lawmakers from sitting.
All roads approaching the Assembly complex were by Fayose’s supporters including the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola; former speaker, House of Assembly, Tunji Odeyemi; Special Assistant to the Governor on Information, Mr. Lanre Ogunsuyi and his counterpart in the office of Public Communications, Lere Olayinka.
Nine Hilux Vans belonging to the Police and the Department of State Security Service, conveying armed personnel were stationed at the two entrances of the Assembly Complex.
Briefing newsmen on why they converged on the Assembly, Ogunsuyi said the Omirin-led lawmakers erred in law by claiming that they had sent a notice of impeachment to the governor, saying it was a complete misfire for Omirin to be claiming speakership while also challenging his impeachment in the court of law.
Olayinka in a post on his Facebook page said: “All roads leading to Ekiti State blocked! They called for war, and they are getting it. Let Omirin and his APC jesters come to Ekiti and carry out their evil plot.”
He also posted pictures of the blockade of the roads leading to Ekiti.
Buhari’s victory appears to have given impetus to the anti-Fayose movement in the state, with the leadership of the APC group of 19 lawmakers believed to have been given the goa ahead to move against the governor.
In what appears to be a mark of his new-found influence, Ominrin’s withdrawn security are believed to have been restored by the Directorate of State Security (DSS).