A lawyer, Kabir Akingbolu, has dragged the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose before a Federal High Court in Lagos for joining workers of the state’s civil service in their industrial action. Kabir’s argument was that Fayose’s decision to embark on what he described as a solidarity strike with the workers amounted to abdication of duties, Premium Times reports.
In his suit, the lawyer prayed the court to declare that Fayose has lost his governorship position because he failed to transmit power to his deputy as the constitution stipulates before he went on strike.
In his originating summons, the lawyer argued thus:
“Considering the provision of Section 176 subsection 1 and 2 of the constitution whether the abdication of duty by the 1st Defendant in reckless abandonment is not a violation of Oath of office taken by him as governor of Ekiti.”
Kabir Akingbolu also sought, among others, an order mandating President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the state in order to “to avert breaking down of law and order, since there is a vacuum in governance.”
Joined as defendants in the suit are the State’s Attorney General, Accountant-General of the Federation, and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Recall that civil servants in Ekiti State had embarked on an indefinite strike as a result of the five months salaries they are being owed. As a way of showing support, Governor Fayose had made an announcement in a television broadcast revealing his decision to join the workers’ indefinite strike in solidarity. He was quoted as saying:
“I want to tell workers that I have placed myself on indefinite strike in solidarity with you. I have shared your pains, but it was rather unfortunate that a man can’t give what he doesn’t have.
“I have told you the true position of the finances of the state, of which you had played critical roles in allocation to relevant sectors which shows how well I had carried you along since the dwindling revenue to the state commenced.”
However, the workers responded by telling him to pay their salaries instead of engaging in the solidarity strike.