Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose on Wednesday collapsed as policemen dispersed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members at a party rally in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Fayose was said to have lost consciousness for over five minutes as he was alleged to have been slapped by the Commissioner of Police in charge of MOPOL, at the Ekiti Government House entrance.
Addressing the party supporters alongside his Deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola, in the government house, Fayose said they were hit with the gun’s butt on the neck.
The governor who wore a neck brace as a result of the neck injury he sustained narrated his ordeals to the party members who had earlier been dispersed by policemen in front of the government house where they converged for a victory rally.
He explained that the policemen told him that they were acting on the instruction of the Inspector General of police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris that he should get rid of him (Fayose) and his deputy.
Fayose said, “I was slapped and beaten by mobile policemen in my own state. They shot at me. As I speak with you, I am in severe pains, I am experiencing pains.
“I plead with the international community to intervene, Nigeria is in trouble, Ekiti is in crisis. In the last few days, they have arrested PDP members, teachers, and civil servants, people of good conscience should come and save Ekiti.
“They said they were under strict instruction from the Presidency to kill me and my deputy, who is the candidate of our party.
“These are army of occupation who are here to occupy our land. I want you to stand and remain standing, I pray they don’t kill me and put Ekiti in crisis.
“I plead to the international community to intervene and save Ekiti from this siege. How can a State governor be treated like this in his own State.
“I am passing though these pains because of my people. I will go back to the hospital after addressing you to receive further medical treatment”, he said.
Corroborating Fayose’s position, Olusola, said Ekiti is under siege, just because the APC was desperate to take over the state.
“A situation whereby a policeman will slap a sitting governor, this is not good. The President must be warned. International community should warn President Buhari.
“When they were beating me and Mr. Governor, I told the Commissioner of Police in charge of MOPOL unit that you are beating a Deputy Governor, he told me ‘ who is a deputy governor, the same thing he said to the governor.
“My mandate is a divine one and the army that is with us are more than those with them. We are not going to be intimidated. We shall go to the election on Saturday and win”.
Olusola said several cases determined by the Supreme Court had confirmed that political parties needed not get approval from going for campaign.
Also lending his voice, the Senator representing Ekiti South, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, said the entire people of the state that put Fayose in government can’t be wrong, urging the federal government to have a rethink and warn the policemen.
She said Ekiti people would never resort to violence in spite of the intimidation and harassment of the PDP supporters.
“Our people were being picked up everywhere, over what. If you are popular you won’t be doing all these.
“If you are popular, Ekiti people will vote for APC on Saturday, anything outside a democratically elected person is a nullity, it is undemocratic”, he said.
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