OrderPaperToday – Ekiti governor, Ayo Fayose has branded the State House of Assembly as the ‘new testament’ legislature for standing firm for him in spite of arrests and detention of its members by the Department of State Services (DSS).
The governor who hosted members of the assembly to a reception weekend in Ado-Ekiti also gave a car gift to Mr. Afolabi Akanni, the member representing Efon constituency, who was detained for 18 days by the federal secret police.
Recalling his first stint as governor when he was impeached by the state’s lawmakers, Fayose said “the old testament has to give way to the new testament. You are the ‘new testament’ House of Assembly.”
According to him, “this House of Assembly is very unique and exemplary. You have refused to be bought over. My detractors have money and influence, but the power of God starts where that of men stops. I’m so proud of you. You have shown that you can see beyond today.
“Betrayers will only contribute to the success of the person being betrayed. Those that betrayed us in the first term are no longer relevant today. Many of them even suffered and regretted their actions.
“Together we stand and I know the House will never divide. I don’t regret standing for those incarcerated. This is an opportunity for us to stand for our tomorrow.”
Governor Fayose also lambasted the DSS saying: “the DSS only succeeded in tarnishing its own image by attempting to allegedly coerce members of the state Assembly to act the script of his detractors, which is to impeach him.
“The DG of SSS, Daura only succeeded in tarnishing the image of the security outfit. We must be courageous and fearless like the book of Joshua admonishes us. Persecution and oppression will only make us better.”