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Lawyers slam Governor over China letter

Fayose wrote a letter to President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday, April 14, 2016, asking him not to grant Nigeria any loan.

Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

Governor Fayose wrote a letter to President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday, April 14, 2016, asking him not to grant Nigeria any loan.

It was submitted to the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie, by the Chief of Staff to the Ekiti Governor, Barrister Dipo Anisulowo.

Notable Nigerian lawyers have also reacted to Ekiti Governor’s action.

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Vanguard reports that a former Chairman of Ikeja Branch of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Onyekachi Ubani said “The letter by Fayose is similar to a situation of bringing a motion for a court injunction for a completed act. This letter is a mere irritation especially coming from a sitting governor; I will urge Nigerians and especially journalists to regard his letter as nothing, but a mere irritation.”

“Negotiations are already concluded and the Chinese government are willing to release funds to Nigeria. “Although, it is very disheartening that such a letter is coming from one of our governors, but I think it serves no purpose.”

Also, the chairman of the NBA, Ikeja branch, Mr Yinka Farobi said "Fayose was elected as a state governor and not as the president of Nigeria. His letter is clearly out of the purview of his powers and I seriously condemn it.”

The NBA Ikorodu branch chairman, Mr Dotun Adetunji also said “There is a provision for immunity for a sitting governor, there must also be a limit on the activities of a leader.”

Adetunji also said “There are 36 states in the federation and out of these states, only one governor has courage to write to a foreign authority, urging it to refuse funds to its Federal Government.

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“To my mind, such action is really reprehensible and should be discouraged.

“There is no problem with being in opposition, but If you want to be in opposition, you conduct such opposition in a reasonable manner.”

The Deputy National Chairman (South) of the APC, Chief Segun Oni also said Governor Ayo Fayose needs spiritual deliverance from emotional bondage.

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