Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola, Ado-Ekition
EKITI State All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised Governor Ayodele Fayose not to disown the “thugs he imported into the state to foment trouble”.
The party noted that denouncing them and their activities was tantamount to the “use and dump antics of the governor”.
The party’s spokesman, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement yesterday, noted that the thugs, known as “Fayose’s Boys”, had been terrorising members of the opposition and innocent citizens since the governor assumed office.
“For the governor to now try to distance himself from the hoodlums was a dishonest denunciation of the youth he raised for various acts of crimes and violence in the state,” Olatunbosun said.
The party, which spoke in reaction to Fayose’s threat to deal with hoodlums, said Ekiti people were not deceived by the governor’s threats.
It noted that his threat was a face-saving measure to distract attention from his complicity in promoting violence in the state.
The statement reads: “It is diversionary to now threaten the hoodlums with the police that the governor has been using to provide cover for the hoodlums to perpetrate their crimes and attacks on the opposition in the last nine months
“It is an irony that Fayose is denying association with his thugs in the wake of intra-party violence that rocked the PDP in the state in the last three days, leading to the shooting of the state part’s secretary, Dr. Tope Aluko.
“We as a party have written many petitions to the security agencies over the menace of thugs quartered in the Government House by Fayose, who were also provided with the police cover to attack members of the opposition in many towns in the state.”
The APC spokesman regretted that even though the security agencies were in possession of these petitions, they had not arrested a single thug for all the atrocities the “Fayose boys” had committed against the opposition in the state.
“Fayose’s thugs had attacked the APC secretariat many times, destroying many vehicles and injuring many APC members in the process.
“Despite knowing their identities, the police have not arrested any of the hoodlums but have curiously been giving them cover on the instruction of Governor Fayose.
“The violence, which the PDP unleashed on the state three days ago, is a confirmation of our earlier claim that the PDP is a party that harbours thugs and a breeding ground for miscreants. The open brandishing of weapons by thugs loyal to the two PDP factions and the subsequent exchange of gunfire is an indication that the state is not safe for anyone,” he explained.
He added that the same thugs the governor was denying association with were the ones that attacked opposition members in Igbemo, Ijan, Aisegba, Ado-Ekiti, Ikere, Erijiyan and many other towns, including the weekend attack by PDP factions engaged in gun-battle at the party secretariat.
“We also wish to remind the police that Fayose’s special adviser and a commissioner who were once caught with guns, axes, petrol and acid were released on the orders of the governor without charging them to court and so there is no way Fayose can claim innocence in the gale of violence in the state.
“We call on the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, to act now before the state is plunged into anarchy with innocent citizens falling victims.
“This is the time for the police to also act on the many petitions our party had written on the nefarious activities of Fayose thugs. We particularly implore the police to investigate the role of Fayose’s ADC and some police officers who give cover and coordinate the thugs to attack innocent members of the opposition,” he said.