22 Oct 2014

Governor Fayose seals Ekiti Speaker’s filling station; ...cites 'environmental factor'

The confrontation between the Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and the State House of Assembly is gathering momentum.

The Ekiti State Government on Tuesday sealed off four filling stations in Ado-Ekiti including T. Five Integrated Service Filling Station belonging to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin.

According to a statement in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ayodele Fayose, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, the step was taken to prevent unimaginable fire accident with attendant fatalities.
“The owners of the affected petrol stations are to report to the Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development with letters of approval,” the statement said.
Reacting to the closure on Wednesday, the Speaker alleged that the Governor ordered the closure in order to intimidate and coerce him.

Omirin, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, and Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party are believed to be at loggerheads.

The Speaker in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media) Wole Olujobi, vowed not to “buckle under undue political pressure to abandon his party for the Peoples Democratic Party for selfish and pecuniary motives.”

Omirin claimed he fulfilled all necessary environmental laws in the location of the filling station and got necessary approval, wondering ‎why the governor would start victimising those who do not share his political belief.

He warned that attacks on the opponents, particularly the lawmakers, will only smear the relationship between the Executive and Legislature.


Credit: Kamarudeen Ogundele/Punch News

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