The Ekiti State branch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused its Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart of subversive activities.
The party also accused a faction of the opposition of masterminding the recent looting and brigandage that attended last week’ s peaceful protest staged by the youths in the state.
A statement it issued on Sunday, 25 October, 2020 at Ado Ekiti, the state capital, through its Public Relations Officer, Hon. Ade Ajayi reads:
“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a statement credited to the (Fayose) factional Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State, and that of its failed gubernatorial candidate in the 2018 election, Olusola Eleka, alleging that Ekiti is not safe and that the looting of the silo containing seedlings preserved with chemicals and the State Emergency Management Agency’s warehouse, is a failure of the Fayemi’s government.
“Even the least discerning in the state would confirm that the looting was masterminded by PDP leaders in Ekiti state in their failed attempt to discredit the Fayemi government.
“We wish to make it clear that Ekiti is safe for the law abiding citizens, but very unsafe for criminals and their sponsors”.
The statement continues; “We also wish to alert the general public that Ekiti state government has no COVID-19 palliatives stored anywhere in the state, as they have been distributed long ago during the pandemic.
“The real motive of the PDP in Ekiti State after failing woefully at the 2018 gubernatorial elections has been to sneak back to power through the back door.
“The PDP hid under the recent #ENDSARS protest to sponsor thugs to hijack the peaceful protest.
“One of the PDP hoodlums called Moyinoluwa Olowoyo was recently arrested after leading the assault on the governors convoy, blockade of major streets in the state capital, rape, arson, looting and other vices”
“We also recall that Ekiti was the only state in the southwest that enjoyed some level of peace when other states went up in flames”. the statement added.
“This was due to the proactive security measures taken by the security agents in conjunction with the State government to ensure peace. The PDP is not happy that their plans to unleash mayhem on the State under the guise of #ENDSARS protest failed.
“PDP leaders like Lere Olayinka and Dayo Maxima started inciting the people on social media that they should look for government warehouses for COVID 19 palliatives and loot as it happened in other states. This was responsible for the looting of the Silo along Polytechnic road, SEMA warehouse at adehun which was also burnt as well as the ADP warehouse and private stalls at old textile complex before the intervention of security agents who put a stop to these nefarious activities and arrested some of the hoodlums.
“Not done yet, Lere Olayinka and Dayo Maxima made GNN guest house at Adebayo in Ado Ekiti their base where they were strategizing on how to unleash terror on the state, as later discovered on the phone of the arrested Moyinoluwa. Their intention was to raze down the new Civic Centre and the Governors office. They actually attempted to invade the Governors office but were resisted by the combined forces of security agencies.
“Security agents were able to nip their plan in the bud by bursting the GNN Guest House where Maxima was picked up, while Lere Olayinka escaped and he is still on the run. The two culprits are Fayose’s close aides and they have been communicating with Moyinoluwa before he was apprehended”.
The party appealed to residents to be calm and assured them of their safety.
“We appeal to Ekiti people to remain calm and go about their lawful duties, as the government has made adequate provision to protect lives and properties in the state.
“The long arm of the law will definitely catch up with the arsonists and those already in the police net will be prosecuted”.