The National Assembly has received a 14 day ultimatum from a group of civil society organisations under the aegis of Coalition for Good Governance and Anti-Corruption, for Governor Ayodele Fayose’s removal and prosecution for abuse of office or face a nationwide protest.
Making the call at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, January 3 National Secretary of the coalition Audu Joseph stated that the group was making its call for Fayose’s removal as a result of many allegations of corruption and criminal conducts against him.
Mr. Audu made it clear that the group decided to take the matter to the National Assembly because the Ekiti state assembly was compromised and none of its members would initiate impeachment proceedings against the governor.
“This is proof that the Ekiti State House of Assembly can no longer perform its functions and the National Assembly should consider taking over those functions to ensure that the needful is done.
“To the National Assembly, we demand that a declaration of the doctrine of necessity to waive Fayose’s immunity is non-negotiable at this point such that people enjoying immunity can be allowed to answer to criminal charges like the current situation where security funds were embezzled and millions of Nigerians including the armed forces had to pay the supreme price.”
The group’s National Secretary continued: “In the last quarter of 2016, details emerged of how N4.7 billion naira being part of the stolen $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase found its way into Ayo Fayose’s Zenith bank account after the money was ferried across the country in a private jet and bullion vans, according to Obanikoro’s testimony after he turned himself in to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“Just a few days ago, on December 29, 2016 another audio surfaced of Fayose with his partner in crime, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, in which both men discussed without remorse, about how they compromised the December 10 legislative election re-run in Rivers state.
“Not once did either of them acknowledge the magnitude of the crime committed, which included the murder of some policemen in addition to the now habitual sabotaging of the wishes of the electorates.”
He also made it known that there were 34 Civil Society Organizations (CSO) backing the move by the coalition. These CSOs he noted, are ready to mobilize their members and other Nigerians for a massive protest if the National Assembly fails to remove Fayose within the time frame it stipulated.