The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and the 19 aggrieved All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly met behind closed doors on Monday in Akure, Ondo State.
The meeting, which was held at Sunview Hotel, Alagbaka, had five of the APC lawmakers in attendance and lasted for over five hours.
At the meeting were the embattled Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin, his deputy, Tunji Orisalade, Bunmi Orilowo, Churchill Adedipe and Gbenga Odebunmi.
Also at the meeting were the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Dipo Anisulowo; the Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi; a lawmaker-elect, Mr. Kola Oluwawole, and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. John James.
Both parties, however, kept sealed lips on the outcome of the meeting when journalists approached them after the meeting.
Fayose said, “I don’t want to answer any question, but we are only going to make one statement and the statement is: today we have met, in the overall interest of our state believing that we will be able to find solution to the problem.”
When also asked to comment, Omirin too declined comments saying, “What the governor said was actually what we have done.”
Shortly after the meeting, the governor left while the five lawmakers continued with the meeting.
The lawmakers had on April 30 shunned a peace meeting convened by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) to reconcile them with the governor in Ado Ekiti citing insecurity.
However, in a statement later issued by Omirin’s Special Adviser on Media, Wole Olujobi, the APC lawmakers, who said they acceded to the governor’s request for a fence-mending meeting following his phone calls to the Speaker, insisted on a return to the status quo as at November 11, 2014 before any peace deal could be struck.
The statement partly read, “While the governor emphasised before the lawmakers the offer of their salaries and other entitlements, the lawmakers insisted on return to the status quo as at November 11, 2014.
“That means restoring all the principal officers to their positions and all aides of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, including those of other principal officers should be restored to their positions.
“The lawmakers made it clear they were ready to return to their jobs and the governor should provide atmosphere for that possibility. They asked the governor to clear the House of Assembly of thugs and create conditions that would make them do their jobs without any security threats.
“They insisted that restoring the security aides of the principal officers and opening the Assembly for resumption of their legal duties should be the starting point for the restoration of peace.”