By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Ahead of Saturday’s Assembly election,the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that Governor Kayode Fayemi is plotting to unleash terror on the state to pave way for his party to win all the 26 House of Assembly seats.
The party said Fayemi’s alleged sinister plot was being extended to the neighbouring Ondo State, alleging that the Ekiti Governor is coercing his counterpart in Ondo, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to resort to violence to also win, having lost to PDP in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
At a press conference in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, the PDP’s state Chairman, Barr. Gboyega Oguntuase, said many of his members were attacked in the state during the last Presidential and National Assembly elections while the police had not deemed it fit to arrest anyone.
Refuting the allegation, Fayemi said the PDP was only giving flimsy excuses to prevent ignominy that awaits it in the Saturday election.
Fayemi, who reacted via his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, described the allegation as mere ranting of an ant since the Indepedeent National Electoral Commission(INEC), security agencies and international community, had rated Ekiti the most peaceful state during the last elections.
Reeling out his accusations against Fayemi, the PDP chairman added that it was shameful for the governor to be promoting culture of violence in a state that was widely respected for education and civility .
He appealed to stakeholders across the country, especially Ekiti to plead with Fayemi to rescind his alleged sinister moves in the interest of the country.
“During the last elections, our members were attacked in Efon, Are, Ilawe, Ado , Ikere and other parts of the state. We even documented how our member’s buildings were riddled with bullets , how some were flogged and gave to the police, but no arrest was made.
“It was shameful for Ondo people to be raising allegation of crime against Fayemi because of how he has been influencing governor Akeredolu to use violence to win the Assembly election.
” No election worth the blood of any Ekiti man. The terror group they used to rig presidential poll is still intact and we beg Governor Fayemi not to use Ekiti as a field to practice war strategies he studied, instead let him go to the wartorn Sudan or elsewhere to display this”, he said.
Debunking the allegations further, Fayemi said : ” the international observers and security agencies adjudged Ekiti’s elections as the freest and fairest in the country.
“The Police said no arrest was made and the PDP was just using escapist strategy ahead of its impending loss on Saturday. Not even a single gunshot was fired in Ekiti. Government and security put up a yeoman’s performance, if they could do that then, no cause for alarm.
“PDP will be defeated on Saturday under a peaceful manner because the people have seen the lies and deceit of the party and have seen Fayemi as their true friend and that is why the elections have gone the way of APC.
“The PDP was being haunted by its past misdeeds and that was why they were raising baseless allegations”, he stated.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Caleb Ikechukwu, said no arrest was made in the presidential and national assembly elections because the polls were peaceful in the state.