The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over alleged plan by Governor Ayodele Fayose to ambush the campaign convoys of the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, as he comes to the state on Saturday, 24th January, 2015 on a campaign visit.
The APC state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, 19th January, 2015, said APC was in possession of intelligence report that the governor had concluded plans to unleash thugs on the convoys of APC members on the way to their presidential candidate’s campaign rally.
The APC spokesman alleged that Fayose had already hired members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) with alleged help by the self-styled Speaker of the House of Assembly, Dele Olugbemi, himself a member of Faseun faction of the group, to attack the convoys of APC members on their way to the rally as members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did in Rivers State.
The OPC members, the party said, were engaged as task force men to remove posters of APC candidates in the coming election. They are also to strike at the campaign grounds to cause stampede, the party alleged.
“Fayose’s desperation knows no bounds. He took The Punch front page advertorial on Monday, 19th January, 2015 depicting that Buhari will die in office like three other Presidents from the North died in office. This is dangerous for our national unity and ethnic harmony. Fayose is dangerous to Nigeria’s unity and the earlier the authorities, Nigerians and Ekiti people in particular appreciate this, the better for us as a nation,” Olatubosun explained.
He said the OPC members were already in town to be deployed to entry points to Ado-Ekiti where they would ambush APC members on their way to the campaign grounds, adding that so far, the group had removed Buhari’s posters pasted in his campaign office in Ado-Ekiti as well as those pasted in the party’s office in the state capital.
“This is a clear case of undermining the peace pact brokered by eminent international leaders last week among the nation’s political leaders. It is sad that after President Jonathan campaigned in Ekiti State, Fayose sent signage officials and OPC thugs to be removing our candidates’ posters after paying necessary fees to the agency,” Olatubosun said, adding that Fayose’s hatred for Buhari knew no bounds, as his aide was behind a fake medical report on Buhari declaring him as a prostate cancer patient.
“Fayose’s aide forged the Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital letter and forged the signature of a non-existent consultant to declare Buhari as a prostate cancer patient,” APC spokesman said, adding that Fayose was prosecuting the presidential election as the last battle of his life with its attendant security challenges.
His words: “What Governor Fayose is doing is to raise the tempo of crisis in the state to further escalate violence in the already hostile political climate. We have our constitutional right to display the posters of our candidates.
“We call on the security agents to be alive to their responsibility to protect the lives of APC members and residents that will throng the campaign rally on Saturday,” Olatubosun said.