The Joint press release by former Ekiti State Governors on the security situation in Ekiti

The Joint press release by former Ekiti State Governors on the security situation in Ekiti

The Press statement as released on Kayode Fayemi’s website yesterday about the security situation Ekiti state

It has come to our attention that a team of hoodlums in
three unmarked Hilux vehicles went round the State, armed with guns,
machetes, knives and axes to the houses of APC membersand also to the
homes of PDP members in the State who are opposed to the political
philosophy of Governor Ayo Fayose. Their most recent operation centered
on Ijero Local Government. There, they created mayhem, beat and tortured
the 90-year old father of the Commissioner for Financeunder the Fayemi
administration. The hoodlums destroyed shops and properties including
cars belonging even to PDP members because of their perceived opposition
to Fayose. The APC members were severely bloodied in the process.

This came barely 48 hours after former Governors Adebayo,
Oni and Fayemi visited the State Commissioner of Police as well as the
State Director of DSS on the security situation in Ekiti.  The Governors
had called on the security chiefs to prevail on Governor Fayose to put
an end to the ongoing impunity, thuggery, brigandage, political
rascality and torture. We had warned that if push comes to shove, the
Party and all well-meaning people in the State will result to self-help
to protect themselves, their assets and their rights guaranteed under
the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
During the visit of the Vice Presidential candidate of the
All Progressives Congress (APC) to Ekiti on Monday March 23rd, 2015,
members of APC riding to the reception venue in Buhari/Osinbajo and APC
branded vehicles were attacked in Ado Ekiti. They were shot at and
several of their vehicles, including those belonging to Hon. Mrs. Bunmi
Oriniowo, APC House of Assembly candidate and Amb. Olofin, the APC Ekiti
Central Senatorial candidate, were destroyed by the hoodlums.  We want
to state unequivocally that we will no longer tolerate any further
unprovoked attack on and willful destruction of APC branded vehicles and
assets in the State.
Keeping calm thus far is not out of weakness or incapacity
to respond. We are only mindful of the lessons of history. Please recall
that the First Republic ended with the “Operation Wetie” political
violence that erupted in Ekiti when similar situation of political
rascality as we have now became prevalent in the West. We do not want
this to happen again. Notwithstanding, if further provoked, we will have
no choice than to respond in kind!
We can no longer continue to live with a situation in which
seven lawmakers are making laws for the State in gross violation of our
Constitution. It is alarming that this can be allowed to continue
without anyone attempting to call the abnormality to order. Ekiti
belongs to all of us and we will not allow any group of hoodlums to
willfully bastardize our values and heritage. We remain committed to
handing over to our children “a banner without stain”. We hope the
security forces will actively carry out their constitutional mandate and
savethis democracy from collapse.
1.     His Excellency, Otunba Niyi Adebayo
2.     His Excellency, Asiwaju Segun Oni
3.     His Excellency, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

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