Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has responded to claims that lawmakers in the state were offered a bribe of $1 million to impeach him.
Fayose gave his response on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, via a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi.
It reads in part:
“I am just coming from Abuja and I know that our lawmakers are solid guys and their future and mine are tied together. When the APC was at its peak in the state and they wanted to use 19 lawmakers to impeach me, they failed woefully and they will still fail again.”
“This is a storm in a tea cup. They are not just starting I defeated them in all courts in the land. I won’t deter from saying the truth about the federal government. “
“We are in the morning we have not seen what the night is going to be. If it is me that brought myself here they will succeed, but if it is God, they will have to first overcome God before overcoming me.”
The bribe allegation was made by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan during a press conference on Tuesday, March 8.
“In the last four days, eight of our members had been visited by some men, who claimed to be officials of the DSS. Our members were told that their names were among those to be arrested and they must ‘cooperate’ if they do not want their bank accounts frozen and be kept in DSS detention indefinitely,” Aribisogan said.
“They went on to promise that proper arrangement had been made for the impeachment of the governor, with a sum of $1 million already earmarked for sharing among “cooperating” assembly members.
“We are here to inform the public through your various medium the open involvement of men of the Department of State Service (DSS) from Abuja in the plot to unseat our State Governor, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose.
“The last Friday invasion of the State House of Assembly by armed men of the DSS in which four of our members were abducted, has been established to be a prelude to the clandestine plot to coerce members of the House of Assembly to impeach Governor Fayose.
“Also, our members were told that they will be provided with soft-landing in the APC if they cooperate. One of them revealed that they promised to make him the Speaker, and eventually the Acting Governor,” he added.
Fayose also said that he will not stop criticizing the federal government despite the amount of pressure being mounted on him.