GOVERNOR Ayodele Fayose yesterday affirmed that he is a one man army who cannot be overwhelmed by alleged machinations of the outgoing legislators of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State House of Assembly.
Receiving national officers of the PDP in his office in Ado Ekiti, the governor insisted he was firmly on ground even as he warned that the country must not be turned into a one party state.
The assertions came amid reports of the abortion of the planned movement into the state by the APC legislators yesterday. Vanguard learned that the buses conveying the legislators were turned back at the Igbara Oke boundary between Ondo and Ekiti States yesterday.
Nonetheless, supporters of Fayose continued to lay siege to the premises of the House throughout yesterday in an apparent bid to stop the legislators from entering the chambers.
Luxury buses belonging to the state government were used to block all the major roads leading to the legislative complex and only selected vehicles were allowed to pass through a side of the road.
Stern looking policemen also mounted blockades to screen pedestrians and motorists entering the assembly complex.
Welcoming the PDP national leaders to the state, Fayose said the people of the state, who voted him as their governor in June 21,2014 are solidly behind him.
Speaking earlier, the acting national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, denied ever appealing to the 19 APC lawmakers not to impeach the governor.
He said the PDP only advised the lawmakers to follow due process and the rule of law in their engagements towards the governor.
Others in the delegation included the National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha, National Auditor, Mr. Fatai Adeyanju, among others.
Fayose said the visit was apt and timely and noted that the party’s bigwigs had demonstrated their avowed stand to defend the country’s democracy from being debased.
He said: “We will not allow them (the APC lawmakers) to trample on the constitution. That the country is witnessing peace today is a collaborative effort between former President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP. The PDP is united after the loss at the election and we are gradually picking the pieces together.
“But we are assuring you that we are solidly on ground. You know it will get to a stage when the people will act like the Constitution themselves.”