About twenty minutes after Governor Ayodele Fayose left a church service where the clergyman advised him to embrace peace by reconciling with the All Progressives (APC) lawmakers by restoring their salaries and other benefits to enable them do their jobs, the governor made a live TV broadcast telling Ekiti people to defend their mandate from the invading APC lawmakers, who he claimed were coming to invade the state to impeach him.
He urged drivers and okada riders in particular to move out enmasse to defend his mandate, saying: “My mandate is your mandate and you must defend it.”
Not quite 10 minutes after, two statements emerged on the state radio as public announcements that were being broadcast intermitently.
Below are the transcripts of the two statements from the drivers union and okada riders association.
(1) This is public service announcement:
”All okada riders in Ekiti State are enjoined to be on the look-out for strange faces in the state from tomorrow. This is because it has been gathered that APC lawmakers working with Dr Adewale Omirin are planning to truncate the peace of the state by planning to invade the state with armed thugs.
“All okada riders in the state should be mobilised to the House of Assembly by 6am tomorrow. Governor Fayose’s mandate is the mandate of okada riders. We must defend it with the last drop of our blood.”
Chairman, Okada Riders Association
(2) “Information available to us is that the APC lawmakers are planning to invade the state with lorry-loads of thugs recruited from Lagos and Osun states tomorrow.
“The APC lawmakers have vowed to kill any one that stands on their way to achieving the plot of impeaching Governor Fayose and his Deputy, Dr Kolapo Olusola.
“We therefore alert all members of our union to be on the look-out from tomorrow. All drivers unions members should be prepared to defend the mandate freely given to Governor Fayose.
“Our members should monitor movement of vehicles into Ekiti State from today so as to prevent invasion of thugs whose only intention is to kill our people. We gave our mandate to Fayose and we must be prepared to defend it.”
( 1)Samuel Agbede – Chairman, Road Transport Workers Association of Nigeria (RTWAN)
(2) Clement Adekola, Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW)
Ekitipanupo To Celebrates 10th Anniversary; Afe Babalola, Others Bag Merit Awards
An intellectual round table platform comprising of accomplished Ekiti State indigenes, EKITIPANUPO is set to celebrate its 10th year anniversary at the state capital, Ado Ekiti on Saturday, 23rd May, 2015.
The unique event which is expected to draw the creme-de-la-creme of the state will witness the conferement on the legal icon and owner of the first private University in Ekiti State, Chief Afe Babalola(SAN); and a former Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank, Chief Bamidele Falegan and others with the Timeless Merit Awards of the 10th year anniversary of the social media-endowed socio-cultural organisation.
Other distinguished Ekiti indigenes to be honoured at the epoch-making event include: Dr Adebimpe Olutayo Okunade, Professor Senator Banji Akintoye and Emeritus Professor Michael Omolewa .
A statement released on Sunday, 19th April, 2105, by the Chairman of the Media and Publicity Committee of the event, Sam Oluwalana, revealed that the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, shall be the Special Guest of Honour at the event, while the theme of the programme shall be ‘Rejuvenation of Ekiti bond and values’, which according to the statement ‘was carefully chosen to further instill the culture of unity and peaceful co existence among Ekiti patriots across the globe’.
The programme would also feature the unveiling of Ekitipanupo Logo and delivery of different highly scholastic lectures by Dr J. Ayo Ajayi and Professor Michael Abiola Omolewa.
While the five oldest members of the Forum would be honoured at the event, the welcome address woud be delivered by the the Leader of Ekitipanupo; Prof Akin Oyebode, a former Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University.
Also, the Ekitipanupo Logo would be unveiled by the Guest of Honor af the event, Chief Afe Babalola as the opening remarks shall be by the Chairman of the occasion and former Governor of the state, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo.
Dr J. Ayo Ajayi would anchor the 2nd public lecture, which shall be presented by another Guest Speaker, Prof Sam Ade Ojo and delivered by Emeritus Professor Michael Abiola Omolewa.
The heavily loaded event would also feature a book presentation to be anchored by, Sir Remi Omotoso and co-reviewed by Professor J. O. Aina and Professor Mobolaji Aluko Otunba Olusegun Oni, a former Governmor of the state would present the Ekitipanupo Legacy Book (ELB) which would be co-presented by Architect Lanre Olayinka, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, Minister of State for Works, Erelu Bisi Fayemi and Mr Yemi Akeju
Discussions on the theme of the programme would be moderated by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN; and anchored by another former Governor of the state, Dr John Kayode Fayemi.
Another highlight of the occasion would be the induction of the newly constituted Ekitipanupo executive council by Dr. (Mrs) Adebimpe Okunade