Fayose Sparks Fresh Controversy By Dressing In Army Uniform

By Ikenga Chronicles December 10, 2016

Fayose Sparks Fresh Controversy By Dressing In Army Uniform

A pro-democracy group, Initiative to Save Democracy (ITSAD) has on Saturday afternoon called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to declare a state of emergency in Ekiti State. This was in reaction to the Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose storming the State House of Assembly on Tuesday in military colours and regalia.

The governor was at the Assembly to present the state government’s 2017 budget proposal of N93.4 billion.

His mode of dressing stirred controversy, with the main opposition party in the state, All Progressives Congress (APC) describing it as unbecoming of “of his high position in a constitutional democracy’’

In a statement, the convener of ITSAD, Chidi Ndukwe, said that Nigeria was not at war contrary to the impression being given by the governor.

Ndukwe’s call was based on a reported declaration by Fayose that he appeared before the state House of Assembly on Tuesday dressed in a military camouflage because Nigeria was at war.

According to ITSAD convener, Fayose’s comment that the prevailing state of war in the country prompted his dressing is capable of heating up the polity.

Ndukwe said that a situation where a democratically-elected governor would resort to wearing military outfit was a violation of the nation’s constitution and extant laws.

“The fact that a state governor enjoys immunity is not a license for the deliberate violation of the nation’s Constitution and extant laws.”

“`Fayose’s own words appear to be a veiled call for a declaration of State of Emergency in his state, to avert total breakdown of law and order ’’ he said.

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