Fayose assures of peaceful Assembly poll
Ekiti State Governor Mr. Ayo Fayose, has assured the the State Assembly election holding on Saturday will be peaceful despite security challenges occasioned by plan to impeach him by 19 All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmakers.
Fayose in a special broadcast to the people of the State urged them not to be scared in coming out on Saturday to vote for candidates of their choice.
The governor’s assurances came just as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the State began distribution of non-sensitive materials to all the 16 local governments ahead of Saturday’s poll.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Sam Olumekun who supervised the distribution amid tight security, said the action had become necessary so as to guide against issues of late arrival of election materials at polling centres on the election day.
He assured all political parties taking part in the election of level playing field before, during and after the exercise.
Fayose assured them that there would be adequate security to protect their lives and property.
Meanwhile there was a relative peace in Ado Ekiti yesterday after three days of rage over plot to unseat Fayose. But fully armed security agents were also still keeping eagle-eye watch over the State House of Assembly.
The security men, made up of both SSS as well as regular and mobile policemen barricaded all the entrances leading to the complex with armoured tanks conspicuously stationed at strategic locations.
However, the APC has described as untrue reports that the convoy of the APC lawmakers killed a man at Efon Alaaye-Ekiti on Tuesday.
It said that the report by Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, alleging the the lawmakers’s convoy killed a man was the figment of his imagination and one in the series of media spins he had been selling to the unsuspecting public to mislead the people to get sympathy.
Olujobi also alleged that Fayose invited to the Government House the mother and other family members of victim of the Tuesday crisis in the state, to implicate the member of the House of Assembly representing Efon-Alaaye, Honourable Folorunso Ogundele.
According to Olujobi “In a carefully choreographed drama, Fayose called journalists, both print and electronic, to cover the spectacle. The journalists were in the Government House apparently unaware that they were being invited to help in deceiving Nigerians.
“We have confirmed that Fayose gave the woman huge sums of money and asked her to start crying, rolling on the floor with persistent mentioning of Honourable Ogundele as the one who shot the boy.
The woman was crying and rolling on the floor when journalists were herded to the scene.
“In reality, the deceased, Modupe Olaiya, was actually killed by security agents while thugs armed with guns and other dangerous weapons massed up at the Itawure security check-point violently protesting to block the route through which the 19 APC lawmakers were coming to Ado-Ekiti.
“Residents of Efon-Alaaye have confirmed that the incident happened long before the lawmakers arrived the check-point when the thugs became unruly shooting at the security agents. In the exchange of gunfire Modupe was felled and taken to the morgue. Her body was later shown to residents by government officials alleging that Ogundele, who was nowhere neaar the scene, was implicated.
“The lawmakers were not even aware of the incident because they were still far away from the spot when the incident happened. So, it will be mischievous if the lawmakers are linked with the incident.
“Nigerians should recall that Ekiti State High Court once dismissed Fayose as incorrigible liar and peddler of mischief. Nigerians should therefore note the deceit involved in this show of shame. Is it the deceased that should visit the governor in his office or the governor that should visit the woman to sympathize with her in her house?
“This is another propaganda typical of Fayose’s mischief to get at the opposition. What Fayose is doing is to stoke crisis that will lead to the arrest of Honourable Ogundele so that he will not be around on Saturday for the House of Assembly poll in which the man is seeking re-election”.
Meanwhile, Fayose has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba and the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Bem Angwe, over the killing of Modupe Temitope Olaya in Efon-Alaaye yesterday.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement issued on Wednesday that the governor called for immediate and thorough investigation of the murder with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.
The petition personally signed by the governor was titled; “Murder of Mr Modupe Temitope Olaya; call for investigation and prosecution of culprits.”