The impeachment saga in Ekiti State has continued to degenerate, as women in Ikere Ekiti, the hometown of Governor Fayose`s Deputy Governor, Dr Olusola Eleka, on Wednesday, staged a peaceful protest against the plot and issued a seven-day ultimatum to the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers to back out, lest they invoked the gods against them.
Similarly, Ekiti elders have promised to summon Fayose and the 19 APC lawmakers to a truce parley to resolve the crisis, saying the efforts became necessary to avert further violence in the state.
The women, in their hundreds, started their protest, as early as 5 a.m., at Oke Oja area, and danced round the town, chanting anti-lawmakers songs, warning that any attempt to impeach Fayose would provoke violence.
Briefing newsmen after the protest, the spokeswoman of the group, Mrs Mojisola Ogunjemilua, lamented that the violence against Fayose was a direct confrontation against the people of Ikere Ekiti, where Olusola hails from.
“Why is it that trouble will always come when Ikere son is in government? Former Governor of the old Ondo State, Evang Bamidele Olumilua, was not allowed to complete his term due to military usurpation.
“When Mr Abiodun Aluko and Bisi Omoyeni were also elected, the Deputy Governors at different times, in Ekiti, under democratic setting, the two were not allowed to complete their terms and now Olusola. Fayose himself, who is from Afao Ekiti shared historical connection with Ikere Ekiti.
“All we want in Ekiti is peace and we are calling on the lawmakers, particularly the two of them from Ikere constituencies, to back out of the impeachment plot, within seven days, failing which we will invite the gods to intervene and this will be disastrous”, she said.
The Regent of Ikere community, Ayooye Adegboye-Oyinlola, while addressing the protesters, applauded them for their peaceful dispositions and urged the lawmakers to accept the olive branch stretched to them by Fayose, so that peace would reign in Ekiti.
A press statement signed by the Chairman of the Ekiti Council of Elders, Prof Tunde Oluwasanmi and presented by the Chairman, Committee for the creation of Ekiti State, Chief Deji Fasuan, begged the feuding groups to refrain from portraying Ekiti State as beleaguered and disallow external forces from intervening in its affairs.