Three former governors of Ekiti state who are now members of the opposition All Progressive Congress have expressed concern over the state of security in the state.
Kayode Fayemi, Segun Oni and Niyi Adebayo in a joint press statement published on Mr Fayemi’s website accused the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, of supporting violence in the state.
“It has come to our attention that a team of hoodlums in three unmarked Hilux vehicles went round the state, armed with guns, machetes, knives and axes to the houses of APC members and also to the homes of PDP members in the state who are opposed to the political philosophy of Governor Ayo Fayose,” the statement said.
The trio alleged that the hoodlums attacked the 90-year-old father of a former commissioner of finance under Mr. Fayemi’s regime.
“Their most recent operation centred on Ijero Local Government,” the statement said. “There, they created mayhem, beat and tortured the 90-year-old father of the commissioner for finance under the Fayemi administration. The hoodlums destroyed shops and properties including cars belonging even to PDP members because of their perceived opposition to Fayose. The APC members were severely bloodied in the process.”
The statement also claimed that during the visit of the Vice Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Yemi Osibanjo, to Ekiti on Monday March 23, 2015, members of APC riding to the reception venue in Buhari/Osinbajo and APC branded vehicles were attacked in Ado Ekiti.
“They were shot at and several of their vehicles, including those belonging to Hon. Mrs. Bunmi Oriniowo, APC House of Assembly candidate and Amb. Olofin, the APC Ekiti Central Senatorial candidate, were destroyed by the hoodlums,” the statement said.
“We want to state unequivocally that we will no longer tolerate any further unprovoked attack on and wilful destruction of APC branded vehicles and assets in the state.”
The former governors said they had visited the state commissioner of police as well as the state director of DSS on the security situation in Ekiti and urged the security chiefs to prevail on the governor to put an end to “the ongoing impunity, thuggery, brigandage, political rascality and torture”.
“If further provoked, we will have no choice than to respond in kind,” the former governors threatened. “We can no longer continue to live with a situation in which seven lawmakers are making laws for the State in gross violation of our Constitution. It is alarming that this can be allowed to continue without anyone attempting to call the abnormality to order.
“Ekiti belongs to all of us and we will not allow any group of hoodlums to wilfully bastardize our values and heritage. We remain committed to handing over to our children “a banner without stain”. We hope the security forces will actively carry out their constitutional mandate and save this democracy from collapse.”