- The APC in Ekiti accuses Fayose and his supporters of destroying a billboard of its candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in the state
- The APC mentions some names as those who played roles in the destruction of the billboard
- The party petitions the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) as well as the DSS
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the director general of the State Security Service (SSS) over the wanton destruction of the campaign billboard of its candidate.
The APC is not happy that the Kayode Fayemi billboard in Oye Ekiti was destroyed.
The party claims that the campaign billboard was destroyed by supporters of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, May 23, on the orders of Governor Ayodele Fayose.
A statement obtained by NAIJ.com says that the APC, in a petition to the police IG and director general of the DSS, dated May 23, 2018, accused Governor Fayose of being the mastermind of the attack on the billboard.
It also called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of those involved in the destruction of the billboard.
In the petition signed by its state secretary of the party, Paul Omotosho, the APC alleged that its supporters had been under various forms of attacks by Governor Fayose’s goons since he became governor of the state on October 16, 2014.
It said the attack on the APC candidate’s billboard was carried out by chairman of Oye local government council, Alonge Sunday; the PDP chairman, Sunday Ojo; and the councillor for Oye Ward II, Odeyemi, among others, acting on Fayose’s order.
“Our party members in Oye Ekiti who witnessed the incident yesterday informed us that Governor Fayose who led the campaign team of his deputy and the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, Prof Olusola Eleka to Oye LGA, directed the local government chairman, Alonge Sunday; Oye LG PDP chairman, Sunday Ojo; Oye ward 1 chairman, Ogundele Abiodun; and one Odeyemi who is councillor for Oye Ward II, to destroy Fayemi’s billboard which was erected in front of St Augustine Secondary School, Oye Ekiti, close to the junction towards Isan.
“The above-mentioned PDP officials promptly carried out the Governor’s directive by supervising the destruction of the billboard. It is unfortunate that this barbaric act was carried out in the presence of policemen who could not make any arrest.
“We wish to inform you that we have written several petitions to your office since 2014 till now about various acts of violence of Governor Ayodele Fayose against our members before, during and after elections.
"It is the character of Governor Fayose to destroy billboards of opposition candidates, sponsor attacks on them and drive many of them out of town so that he would have a field day on election day. This is what he has started again.
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“We therefore call on you to use your good offices to bring the above-mentioned persons to book so that we will have a peaceful election on July 14.
“If this act of violence is not nipped in the bud, it can lead to a breakdown of law and order in the state," the statement added.
The video clips showing the wanton destruction of the billboard, which is currently trending on social media, was also attached to the petitions which have been forwarded to the IG, the DG DSS, Ekiti state commissioner of police and state director of SSS.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Governor Ayodele Fayose reiterated his call for a free and fair gubernatorial election in the state on July 14; stating that the people of the state would resist any attempt to rig the election.
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