The national leadership of the PDP has alleged that there is a plan to assassinate Governor Ayo Fayose.
The party stated this while reacting to an allegation of gunshots at the main entrance to the Government House while tear gas canisters were reportedly shot to disperse the crowd at the rally.
An eyewitness said the situation became tense when riot-policeman dispersed supporters of PDP governorship candidate in the July 14 election, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, who had gathered at the Fajuyi Pavilion for a rally.
It stated that if the killing had happened, the Federal Government and the security agencies would have blamed it on what it referred to as “accidental discharge.”
The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, spoke with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday after the meeting of the party’s National Working Committee.
Secondus spoke in reaction to the alleged invasion of the Ekiti State Government House by security agents in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.
“In fact, we have been made aware that the invasion was a plot to assassinate Governor Fayose and blame it on accidental discharge by one of the policemen. What happened today is a coup against democracy,” he said.
He added, “The situation in Ekiti State has reinforced the signpost of a manifest desire by the APC and its leaders to subdue the resilient spirit of Nigerians and set up a totalitarian regime in our country.
“This morning, in its desperation to forcefully take over Ekiti State, the APC-led Federal Government deployed armed police personnel, 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.
“The invading police squad sacked the official security at the Government House, fired sporadically into the premises during which Governor Fayose was beaten up by policemen and brought down by volleys of tear gas while several others were injured.
“This, we have been informed, is part of the ‘order from above,’ in line with the earlier boast by the Buhari-led APC, to “cage” Governor Fayose ahead of the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship election, so as to grant their agents a field day to rig the election.”
The PDP chairman alleged further that the siege on an elected governor and a government house was a recipe for violence and a complete attack on the democratic order.
He added that it was a direct assault on the corporate existence of Ekiti and its people as a federating part of the nation.
Secondus alleged that the incident was part of the desperate effort by the APC-led Federal Government to intimidate, subjugate, frighten and overawe the people and unleash a rigging mechanism for the election.
He warned thugs which he alleged were imported from neigbouring states to note that they were in Ekiti at their own peril, adding that the Ekiti people and residents knew themselves and would never allow any stranger to participate in the electoral process.
“Any attempt by anybody to test the will of the people might be faced with dire consequences,” he warned.