The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has berated Governor Ayodele Fayose for what it termed “breach of protocol” at the presentation of the 2016 Appropriation Bill at the House of Assembly on Tuesday.
The party gave Mr. Fayose knocks for bringing out a gavel and symbolically “passing” the budget into law after presenting the proposal to lawmakers.
The Ekiti APC argued that aside brandishing the gavel, the governor’s choice of dressing made a mockery of the office he occupies.
Governor Fayose had appeared before the lawmakers to present the 2016 Appropriation Bill dressed casually in a T-shirt and jeans instead of an official traditional attire or English wear.
Condemning the governor’s action, the APC, in a statement yesterday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said it was regrettable that the lawmakers allowed Fayose to get away with the breach of official protocol, which undermined the Assembly’s integrity.
Olatunbosun said: “The world watched in disbelief as Fayose stormed the House of Assembly in casual dress.
“The governor’s appearance is uncultured and in flagrant disregard of the rule of law and constituted authority. It defies decorum, violates law and order and abuses power
“More shocks came when the governor grabbed the gavel and started conducting a mock sitting.
“The worst was the quality of English by the governor who said: ‘those who doesn’t support the quick passage of the budget should say ‘Aye’ or ‘Nay’, to which both gallery and members hooted ‘Aye’”.
Condemning the lawmakers for allowing the executive to undermine the established protocol of the Assembly and put the state in ridicule by allowing the governor to use the gavel as well as appearing in casual wear, the APC spokesperson said members’ conduct demonstrated the confirmation of their subservient relationship with the governor in clear breach of the constitution.