The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose and President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Com Ayuba Wabba, Thursday, stated that the crisis created by the impeachment plot against the governor was being blown beyond proportion by members of the opposition.
The duo spoke yesterday during the commencement of the NLC Delegates Conference in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
Wabba, who was represented by Com. Babatunde Liadi, said the erroneous impression created in the minds of the outsiders was thatthe State has been permanently engulfed by crisis , with the way theplot to impeach the Governor by 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers was being painted to the outside world.
“When I was to come to Ekiti to preside over this election, I was skeptical because I thought the State was under serious crisis. Butwhen I got here, I saw that everywhere was peaceful, so I began to think about the impression they had created about Ekiti by political actors to the outside world.
“But I want to commend Governor Fayose for handling the matter maturely. I want to believe that the maturity must have caused the peace being enjoyed by citizens of the State”.
Fayose, who described the workers as harbingers of peace and the pivot of his government, stated that they played a prominent in his re-election during the June 21 governorship poll.
The Governor lamented the dwindling financial status of the State which had reduced the monthly allocation to about N2 billion when the wage bill is N2.6 billion, saying he would soon convoke a stakeholders’ meeting, to chart a new course on how best to appropriate the State resources.
Fayose said he would continue to accord the welfare of workers, especially payment of salaries utmost priority, saying any politician who underrates workers is heading for a doom.
“Those of you who travelled from afar off to Ekiti today can attest to the fact that Ekiti crisis was being overblown. I want to thank the NLC President for even raising the observation. We are on ground alongside these workers here in Ekiti . We are not doing our own politics on the pages of newspapers because I deal with reality.
“The Ekiti workers played prominent role in my coming back to government after eight years they said I was impeached. Even the Supreme Court in his judgement last week said they were only lying that I was never impeached. What victory could be more than this?
“I am not in Ekiti to persecute anybody. I believed I was brought back to do good to all manners of men and that was why I have been waving the olive branch to the lawmakers and the opposition. They have to be honourable enough like President Goodluck Jonathan, who had to live a high office for Nigeria to remain united. They have to appeal to opposition to allow Fayose to be so that I can take care of the people who voted me into power.
“I want to appeal to you to use your election as an example. Let it represents the wish of your members. Don’t conduct the election in a way that would create crisis or division because another four years is in the offing for another person to take over”, Fayose said.