By: OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
The political atmosphere of Ekiti State witnessed a dangerous dimension on Wednesday as the state Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose fainted and lost consciousness for over five minutes as policemen allegedly slapped and teargased him at the entrance of the government house in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
However, the governor sustained neck injury as he was said to have been allegedly battered by the Commissioner of Police in charge of MOPOL Unit.
Fayose and his Deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, who addressed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the government house, said they were hit with the gun’s butt on the neck, leading to the neck injury the governor sustained.
Narrating his ordeal, Fayose who appeared in neck braze ,wept uncontrollably while addressing the party members who had earlier been dispersed by policemen in front of the government house where they converged for a victory rally.
Fayose stated that the policemen confirmed to him that they were under strict instruction from the Inspector General of police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris that he should be got rid off and his Deputy.
“I was slapped and beaten by mobile policemen in my own state. They shot at me. As I speak with you, I am in severe pains, I am experiencing pains.
” I plead with the international community to intervene, Nigeria is in trouble, Ekiti is in crisis.
“In the last few days, they have arrested PDP members, teachers, and civil servants , people of good conscience should come and save Ekiti.
“They said they were under strict instruction from the Presidency to kill me and my deputy, who is the candidate of our party.
“These are army of occupation who are here to occupy our land. I want you to stand and remain standing, I pray they don’t kill me and put Ekiti in crisis.
“I plead to the international community to intervene and save Ekiti from this siege. How can a State governor be treated like this in his own State.
“I am passing though these pains because of my people. I will go back to the hospital after addressing you to receive further medical treatment”, he said.
Olusola, who had earlier addressed the crowd before Fayose’s arrival, said Ekiti is under siege, just because the APC was desperate to take over the state.
“A situation whereby a policeman will slap a sitting governor, this is not good. The President must be warned. International community should warn President Buhari.
“When they were beating me and Mr. governor, I told the Commissioner of Police in charge of MOPOL unit that you are beating a Deputy Governor, he told me ‘ who is a deputy governor, the same thing he said to the governor.
“My mandate is a divine one and the army that is with us are more than those with them. We are not going to be intimidated. We shall go t the election on Saturday and won”.
Olusola said several cases determined by the Supreme Court had confirmed that political parties needed not get approval from going for campaign.
The Senator representing Ekiti South, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, said the entire people of the State that put Fayose in government can’t be wrong, urging the federal government to have a rethink and warn the policemen.
Mrs. Olujimi said Ekiti people would never resort to violence in spite of the intimidation and harassment of the PDP supporters.
“Our people were being picked up everywhere, over what. If you are popular you won’t be doing all these.
“If you are popular, Ekiti people will vote for APC on Saturday, anything outside a democratically elected person is a nullity, it is undemocratic”, he said.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Samuel Omotoso, said the PDP office in the state capital has been occupied by policemen , describing the action as a return of the country to military era.
The State Chairman of PDP,Barr.Gboyega Oguntuase said under the country’s democracy is in danger under the present IGP.
He said the election of Saturday shall be won by the masses of Ekiti and not by anybody, saying : “ as we speak now, the police have taken over our land, but we shall not be intimidated”.
A source as the government house said Fayose came to the entrance of the government house to ask why the PDP members were being dispersed from the pavilion located at Fajuyi Park, where a rally was scheduled to hold
The governor upon getting wind of how his people were being manhandled promptly ran to the scene and asked why such action was being allegedly taken by the anti-riot policemen
It was gathered that immediately the governor disembarked from his vehicle, the policemen moved towards him and ordered him to return to the government house.
The source said they threatened to open fire on some of his aides, who became livid about the police action.
“When the governor insisted that he should be told why his people were being manhandled, he was asked to go back, but he said he demanded reason the police took the action.
“As the governor insisted, a MOPOL commander fired teargas canister at him and he fell and became unconscious”, he said.
The dispersed crowd later gathered at the government house where they were addressed by the Deputy Governor , Prof Kolapo Olusola, who is the candidate of the PDP in Saturday Gubernatorial poll.