The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayo Fayose of clamping down on leaders and supporters of the opposition party.
“Governor Fayose at his inauguration ceremony last October publicly declared a one-minute silence for the death of APC in the state, promising to send the party members out of town,” a statement by Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun said.
“True to his declaration, no fewer than 10 leaders of our party have been hounded out of town while two are in jail over trumped-up charges even as teachers that were perceived as having sympathy for APC were transferred to the remote areas of the state while the governor is still after Fayemi’s (ex-governor) officials to seize their cars even when the matter is in court.”
“This is the same way he wants to eject them from their housing estate homes against legal agreement in the purchase of their houses.
“His first victim was our Chairman, Chief Jide Awe, who the governor implicated in the murder of Mrs Juliana Jeje and Ayo Jeje in Erinjiyan-Ekiti, even when it was proven that Awe was out of the town when violence broke out among party rivals that claimed the lives of the victims,” he said.
According to Olatubosun, other persecution followed in quick succession, including attacks on APC members and candidates during campaigns and destruction of candidates’ posters. APC Assembly candidates were also not allowed to run their campaigns.
“Only last night, another top sympathizer of our party, Mr Rotimi Olambiwonnu (aka Mentilo), was arrested over alleged complicity in the murder of the drivers’ union late leader, Omolafe Aderiye, who was killed by unknown assailants in September last year,” he explained.
Olatubosun expressed worry over police handling of the cases levelled against APC members, as he alleged that the Force was in cahoots with the governor.