…Stop ranting over your defeat, Fayemi replies
Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, in Ekiti State, has accused Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of plotting to unleash violence on the state for his party to win all the 26 state assembly seats in the March 9 election.
The PDP said Fayemi’s alleged sinister plot was being extended to the neighboring State in Ondo, alleging Fayemi, of coercing his Ondo State counterpart, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu to resort to violence to also win his legislative elections.
At a press conference held in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the PDP’s Chairman in Ekiti State, Barr. Gboyega Oguntuase, said many of his members were attacked during the last presidential and national assembly elections without the police arresting anyone.
But debunking the allegation, Governor Fayemi said the PDP was only giving flimsy excuses to prevent ignominy that awaits the party in Saturday election.
Governor Fayemi, whose reaction came through his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, described the allegation as mere ranting of an ant since the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, security agencies and international community, had rated Ekiti the most peaceful state during the last elections.
The PDP chairman further stated that it was shameful for the governor to be promoting culture of violence in a state that is widely respected for education and civility.
He appealed to stakeholders across the country, especially Ekiti to plead with Governor Fayemi to stop 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 Akerele 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.
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.