Violence in Ekiti: Arrest, prosecute Fayose now – APC

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor elect

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, for leading a band of thugs to beat up a judge and then instigating his supporters to attack and burn down the opposition secretariat in the state.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said since Mr. Fayose did not yet enjoy any immunity from arrest and prosecution, he should immediately be arrested over the dastardly and barbaric attack, which represented an attack on justice and on the rule of law, and the violence that had gripped the state.

It said every time a judge had been attacked anywhere in the world, the attackers have been jailed to serve as a deterrent to others who may want to take the laws into their hands, adding: ”The case of the thuggish Fayose should not be different.”

The. APC said it is particularly necessary to act fast to prevent anarchists and crude individuals from taking the laws into their hands and tampering with the administration of justice, especially because the attack on Justice John Adeyeye came a few days after pro-Fayose and pro-PDP thugs invaded a court room in the state state and beat up litigants, among others.

It said the clear message being sent out by the PDP was its readiness to resort to self help to capture and govern any state, especially in the South-west where the PDP’s desperation has forced it to put forward reprobates as governorship candidates.

”Even though Mr. Fayose has not assumed office, he has succeeded in taking Ekiti State back to Egypt within a few months of his ‘election’. Not only are Judges being attacked, the kind of killings and chaos that characterized his first time in charge of the state have already started. He is struggling hard to ensure that Ekiti is no longer in the league of states where disputes are settled in courts, instead of on the streets, and judges preside in the administration of justice.

”The disgusting attacks on the administration of justice in Ekiti has shown the truism in the aphorism ‘show me your friends and I will tell you who you are’. Nigerians now know the company the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan keep and what the party and the President truly are. The Fayose that is leading thugs to attack a Judge in Ekiti is the same man that President Goodluck Jonathan, as the leader of the PDP, heartily campaigned for. He is the same man who has called himself the overall leader of the PDP in the South-west. He is the same man who has gone on television to justify the court attack. Indeed, a leopard really cannot change its spots,” it said.

The APC said while Ekiti State Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, did well by rushing to the venue to help restore order after the Judge had been beaten up Thursday, the overall role of the police in the two attacks was shameful.

”According to published reports which have yet to be refuted, police personnel stood by while litigants, lawyers and other citizens were being mauled by rabid PDP thugs in the first attack, and again seemed powerless as Justice Adeyeye was being manhandled and his suit torn until the Police Commissioner arrived at the scene. If this is not an act of collusion, then it is a case of unacceptable gross incompetence for which those security agents must be brought to book.

”If the police are no longer willing and able to carry out their constitutional duties of protecting the lives and property of the citizenry, then anarchy looms,” the party warned.

It said Nigerians must brace up for a hellish time in the hands of the PDP from now on till next year’s general elections, considering that the party’s thugs are also alleged to have killed several people in Lagos recently after a PDP rally attended by President Goodluck Jonathan.

”During his recent trip to New York, President Jonathan assured the international community that next year’s elections will be conducted in accordance with global best practices. Well, it is now clear that the President’s assurances are not worth the paper on which they were written, going by the actions of his party members. Global best practices do not include beating up Judges, lawyers and litigants!

”How can elections be free, fair and transparent in a lawless society? How can elections be credible when policemen are taking sides with the ruling party? How can elections be violence-free when candidates being put forward by the ruling party are ready to engage in jungle justice? We can only call on the international community to maintain a keen interest in events in Nigeria in the days and weeks ahead, if only to show the ruling PDP for what it truly is: an enclave of anarchists and dead-enders!” the APC said.


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  • jonah

    these is what we know APC (Angry Peoples Congress) for in every state where they rule. beating up people on the street, beating up men of the press for asking questions, using the police to brutalize people to prevent protest at the lekki toll gate. i want to believe these seem the handy work of APC not PDP. PDP knows how to man-over their things

    • Kunle_Allen

      Are you a human being? Pls read your comment again.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    @jonah and ilks:Are you dumb or naive?PDP Ayo Fayose just committed a crime by ordering his thugs to beat up and cause chaos in an Ekiti State civil court and you are posting comment against APC? You must be very sick and urgently requires a psychologist attention.jonah the lunatic!

    • redeem

      who is going to account for the leader of PDP in Ekiti who was murdered by APC thugs————————————why cant APC give peace a chance–Fayemi has just some few hours to go————————-why is he creating all these wahala– see why Nigerians say APC created boko haram via buhari

  • redeem

    @ Dr. AwosanThe massive looting of Lagos state by Bola Tinubu has reached monumental proportion. Tinubu whose companies recently cornered a multi billion road construction job in Ogun State, has in his pocket all the juicy contract in all the States in the south West.

    In retrospect, it might be difficult to come to terms with the fact that an individual could hold the entire south west to ransom. There is no doubt that Tinubu has succeeded in buying the Lagos State government, and he has done this using government funds. So the crisis in Ekitit state should not come to us as a shock-Tinubu is losing a very lucrative base for siphoning money-out of the south west-
    Whenever someone in Lagos begins to wonder where their 4th mainland bridge went, or what was the fate of the pipe-borne water project, or even where the schools and hospitals had vanished to, there is a silence that contains it all. The largest landlord in Lagos has done as he has pleased, and the rest of the state just has to deal with it. For instance: Number 4, Oyinkan Abayomi (formerly Queens) Drive, Ikoyi: A 5-bedroom detached house on one acre of land which was originally the Lagos State Governor’s guest house since 1979, but which now belongs to Tinubu. The certificate of occupancy of the property valued at N450 million was signed and released to him by Fashola in 2007 shortly after he assumed office.

    Tinubu’s residence at 26 Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi was initially falsely presented as Oando Plc Guest House. Later, he purportedly bought it from Oando, and used public funds to rebuild and renovate it. The Lagos State Government bought the property and paid an undisclosed sum to him and thereafter gave the property back to him under the bogus Pension Bill he signed to law shortly before he left office in 2007. The property is worth over N600 million.

  • Maria

    Fayose is a renown thug…he is nothing but a hoodlum.