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Thursday, 12 July 2018

JONATHAN, PDP, OTHERS CONDEMN BLOCKADE OF EKITI GOVERNMENT HOUSE


Armed olicemen yesterday sealed off the Ekiti State Government House, preventing supporters of Governor Ayodele Fayose from gaining access.
A rally scheduled to take place at Fajuyi Park, near Government House, was broken up, as policemen fired teargas canisters into the crowd. They also shot sporadically into the air.
Fayose had called for the rally in support of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola.
As at the time of filing this report, no human or vehicular movement was allowed through the Fajuyi area into Government House.
One Abiola, a close aide to Fayose, was arrested and is being detained at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti.
Policemen reportedly went after PDP members, who fled into Government House, and flushed them out.
Wearing a neck brace later, Fayose narrated his ordeal at the hands of mobile policemen, saying he was beaten, slapped and shot at.
He said: “My people, the Lord will fight this battle. This is not the democracy we asked for. I hope they will not cause a repeat of the 1983 situation.
Ekiti is now under siege. How can I be a governor and be treated like this? I will go to hospital and stay for a while. I am having a lot of pain.
“I bear this because of you. The International community should come to our aid.
Ekiti is in trouble. Come and save Ekiti in this hour of her need. They said that they have institutions to kill the PDP candidate or me. The Lord will not allow them.” Fayose wept.
Olusola buttressed the governor’s claims, saying Fayose was hit on the neck with the butt of a gun.
He said he (Olusola) was also hit on the foot and shoulder.
He claimed that having introduced himself as deputy governor to the police boss on ground, the latter had rebuffed him, allegedly saying: “Deputy governor my foot!” insisting he was carrying out orders.
Images have since emerged online, showing Fayose sitting on the ground, eyes shut, seemingly dazed. One particular image showed a man administering what might have been first aid treatment.
The PDP, meanwhile, described the incident as an assassination plot.
Addressing journalists at its secretariat in Abuja, National Chairman Uche Secondus said: “This morning, in its desperation to forcibly take over Ekiti State, the APC-led Federal Government deployed armed police personnel led by one Compol Mopol Echel Echel, who blocked the Ekiti State Government House, attacked and placed the democratically elected governor of Ekiti State, Governor Ayodele Fayose, under house arrest. At the moment, no one goes in or out of the Government House.

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