Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State Thursday bade farewell to the outgoing members of the State House of Assembly, but not before he told them he had forgiven them for attempting to impeach him.
Fayose said this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, even as the Assembly’s tenure will expire on Friday.
Mr. Fayose was kept on his toes for several months as 19 All Progressives Congress members of the Assembly tried unsuccessfully to remove him from office.
The political face-off between the lawmakers and the governor almost led to a total breakdown of law and order as thugs took over all the roads leading to the Assembly complex to prevent the APC lawmakers from sitting with the aim of impeaching him.
Fayose lamented how things ended between him and the lawmakers but promised that they would not be witch hunted after leaving office.
He said, “The last few months have been traumatic, especially this week. I was not given room for concentration, but I had left the battle for God to fight. I told those planning to impeach me that they will succeed if they can impeach God.
“I did not bring myself back to power; my coming back after eight years was divine. I defeated the APC totally in all the elections, still they did not want to concede victory easily until when the Ekiti people rose to defend that June 21 mandate.
“I will now squarely face the business of governance”.
He explained that he would not waste time on revenge, noting that he was not ready to muscle anyone since God had given him victory in all of the battles that confronted him.
Fayose, who hailed the people of the state for preventing the lawmakers from gaining access to the complex, urged them to meet him at Ijigbo junction on Friday (today) for a ‘victory walk’ to the complex where he will inaugurate the next Assembly, which will comprise 26 members of his party – the Peoples Democratic Party.
“The governor called on the people to gather at Ijigbo junction tomorrow (Friday) from where he would lead them on victory walk to the state House of Assembly for the inauguration of the new House of Assembly members”, the statement added.