We Were Offered $1m Bribe To Impeach Fayose, But We Are Not Interested -Ekiti Lawmakers

Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have alleged
that they were offered a sum of $1 million to impeach the Governor of the State,
Ayodele Fayose.
They alleged that a sum of $1 million was promised to some
of the members who would be ready to be part of the impeachment plot.
While addressing the press today, the Chairman of the House
Committee on Information, Hon Gboyega Aribisogan said….

 “We are here to
inform the public through your various medium the open involvement of men of
the Department of State Service (DSS) from Abuja in the plot to unseat our
State Governor, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose.
“Last Friday’s invasion of the State House of Assembly by
armed men of the DSS in which four of our members were abducted, has been
established to be a prelude to the clandestine plot to coerce members of the
House of Assembly to impeach Governor Fayose.
“As at today, even Hon Afolabi Akanni that we were able to
confirm was with the DSS in Abuja is being held incommunicado. No one has been
given access to him, not even his lawyers and doctors. We do not have any
information as to the whereabouts of the other three.
“We are aware of the plot to arrest no fewer than 18 of our
members with a view to forcing them to sign impeachment notice against Governor
“The plot is being hatched by the same elements who
masterminded the impeachment of Governor Fayose in 2006, which was eventually
declared illegal by the Supreme Court and they are boasting of support of the
DSS and the Presidency.
“In the last four days, eight of our members had been
visited by some men, who claimed to be officials of the DSS. Our members were
told that their names were among those to be arrested and they must “cooperate”
if they do not want their bank accounts frozen and be kept in DSS detention
“They went on to promise that proper arrangement had been
made for the impeachment of the governor, with a sum of $1 million already
earmarked for sharing among “cooperating” assembly members.
“Also, our members were told that they will be provided with
soft-landing in the APC if they cooperate. One of them revealed that they
promised to make him the Speaker, and eventually the Acting Governor.
“We however wish to tell the plotters of evil against the
government of Ayodele Fayose and by extension the people of Ekiti State that
we, members of the State House of Assembly are not interested in their evil
“We are prepared to spend the rest of our tenure in DSS
cell, instead of joining people that we roundly defeated in five straight
elections to cause another political instability in Ekiti State.
“These agents of destabilisation should be reminded of the
2006 episode, which was responsible for Ekiti State having six governors in
three years!
“Most importantly, Governor Fayose is our benefactor. He is
our leader on whose political strength we are members of the State House of
Assembly. We can even be called his stooges, we don’t mind. We will never do
anything to jeopardise his interest and be extension, interests of Ekiti
“We therefore wish to state unequivocally that we are not
interested in any $1 million.

“We won’t because of any blood money join forces with
enemies of our State, who are desirous of destabilising the State just because
they lost power.”

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