The Yoruba people, at home and in Diaspora are working towards a peaceful, free and fair election in Ekiti State.”
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned the police attack on the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, and the senator representing Ekiti Central constituency during a political rally on Sunday describing it as the “height of provocation” on the institution of the governor, the constitution and the country’s democracy.
Messrs. Fayemi and Ojudu, as well as other party members, were allegedly shot at with tear gas canisters and live ammunition during a political rally around the Ijigbo roundabout in Ado Ekiti. The attack was allegedly led by the commander of the anti-riot unit of the police in the state, Selenkere Michael.
Witness alleged that Mr. Selenkere ordered his men to disperse the hitherto peaceful rally leading to tear gas canisters and live ammunition being fired at the governor and other party members who had gathered for the rally. A member of the party was alleged to have been killed after he was shot in head by one of the mobile police officers, as the anti-riot unit of the Nigerian police is popularly known.
The publicity secretary of the Lagos chapter of the party, Joe Igbokwe, in a statement on Sunday said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which he accused of using the police as a “hatch dog” in its “desperate” attempt to grab power, orchestrated the attack.
“Nigerians remember that some time ago, a National Leader of the APC has rightly said that the PDP is in alliance with the police and INEC and that unholy alliance has accounted why these institutions see themselves as malleable instruments in the inordinate desire of a failed party like the PDP to continue clinging on to power”, he said.
“We see the unprovoked attack on Governor Fayemi, Senator Ojudu and members of the APC in Ekiti, coming days after the military was employed to attack some newspapers in broad daylight, as another act of gangsterism which had served the PDP well in manipulating the electoral system to its unfair benefits, even as such wholesome manipulation has left Nigeria wrecked, destroyed and prostrate.
“We are in no doubt that this ranks as the way the PDP wants to employ to retain power when it had completely ran down the country and made the country an object of ridicule before the international community.”
Mr. Igbokwe further called on the Inspector General of the Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to investigate matter and ensure that perpetrators of the violence were arrested and brought to justice.
Similarly, the attack has also drawn condemnation for the Yoruba social cultural organisation, Afenifere Renewal Group, which said it was deeply concerned by the event.
According to the group, the attack on the governor is in line with the comment credited to Vice President Namadi Sambo, who had allegedly said that the PDP will be going to war during the gubernatorial election in the state.
“The Vice President’s assertion has been borne out by the appalling events in Ekiti State. The Yoruba people, at home and in Diaspora are working towards a peaceful, free and fair election in Ekiti State,” read a statement from the group.
“Afenifere Renewal Group had warned previously that the President has a bounded duty to all Nigerians to ensure that the elections in Ekiti State and indeed in all the Nigerian states are free and fair.”
However, the Ekiti State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Makanjuola Ogundipe, said the governor should be blamed for the mayhem. According to him, Mr. Fayemi led his party thugs to unleash trouble in the town.
“A situation where the Chief Security Officer of the state is the law breaker calls for serious concerns,” he told the Punch newspapers.
The gubernatorial election in the state will be held on June with the APC, PDP, and Labour Party as the main contenders.