Impeachment: Monarchs, Elders, Clerics meet in Ekiti

Apparently concerned by the violent dimension the raging impeachment crisis has assumed, traditional rulers and eminent citizens of Ekiti State are scheduled to hold a meeting Wednesday to broker peace among warring parties.

Normalcy has returned to Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, following Tuesday’s violent protests and an attempt to overrun the House of Assembly by loyalists of Governor Ayo Fayose who have denounced moves to impeach him from office.

Although the State Council of Obas is due to hold an emergency meeting on the impeachment crisis, The Nation gathered that arrangements have been concluded to expand the scope of the parley to accommodate some eminent citizens of the state.

The Nation’s findings at the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs on Wednesday revealed that finishing touches were being put to the meeting.

The meeting expected to be presided over by the Chairman of the State Council of Obas and Onitaji of Itaji-Ekiti, Oba Adamo Babalola.

Other eminent citizens incorporated into the meeting, according to our investigation, are Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, the Most Reverend Felix Ajakaye; Anglican Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, the Right Reverend Christopher Omotunde; the Grand Imam of Ekiti State, Alhaji Jamiu Kewulere; elder statesman, Chief Oladeji Fasuan and eminent lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN).

Meanwhile, relative peace has returned to the state as more residents came out on Wednesday to pursue their legitimate businesses unlike on Tuesday when many of them either went back home or stayed indoors.

Government offices, corporate organizations, markets and other commercial centres opened their shops for business even though they did so late for fear of recurrence of Tuesday’s violence.

Banks which closed hurriedly on Tuesday when violence escalated were besieged by customers on Wednesday as banking halls and Automated Teller Machines (ATM) Points witnessed winding queues.

Taxi cabs and commercial motorcyclists who bore the brunt of the attacks by thugs the previous day plied their pride unhindered.

But residents were still gripped with fear over presence of suspected thugs and drivers’ unions members at Moremi Park area of Ado-Ekiti.

They had stormed the place early as 7.00 am in anticipation of the coming of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers. They all parked their buses fully loaded with their members and didn’t leave the place until 2.00 pm.

Riot policemen, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were still keeping watch over the House of Assembly complex with full complements of Armored Personnel Carriers and other security vehicles.

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