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    Nigerian opposition party condemns alleged attack on state governor

    APA-Abuja (Nigeria)

    Nigeria’s opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned Wednesday’s alleged attack on Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in south- western Nigeria by policemen deployed for Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

    The National Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Uche Secondus, described the incident as “a complete attack on democratic order and direct assault on Ekiti State and her people’’.

    According to him, Nigeria’s democracy has finally come under heavy attack.

    Secondus said on Thursday in Abuja that the ruling All Progressives Congress’ (APC) desperation to take over Ekiti State, led the Federal Government to deploy armed police personnel led top officers, including Commissioner of Police in charge of Mobile Unit.

    He said that the police blocked the State’s Government House, attacked and placed the democratically elected governor under house arrest.

    He said that the party had been informed that the attack was in line with the earlier boast to “cage” Fayose ahead of the election.

    “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.

    “The PDP marks this siege on an elected governor and a government house as a recipe for violence.

    “It is a complete attack on our democratic order and direct assault on the corporate existence of Ekiti State and her people as a federating part of our nation.”

    Secondus said that information available to the PDP revealed that the APC planned to deploy its governors in each local government area of Ekiti State to “coordinate its rigging plot”.

    He added that intelligence had also revealed that the 30,000 policemen and some “compromised” military personnel deployed to Ekiti were being positioned to embark on mass arrest and harassment of citizens.

    Secondus said that the PDP believed that all harassment, threats, arrests or even murder, would end in vain.

    He said that the people of the state were fully ready now, more than ever, to face all.

    Meanwhile, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of Operations, who is also in charge of Saturday’s gubernatorial election in South West Ekiti state, Mr. Habila Joshua, has denied ordering his men to attack members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

    He said that he was not aware of any attack on the state governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, who claimed on Wednesday that he was brutalised by the police.

    Joshua said in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, that all that his men were doing was to keep the peace as well as maintain law and order, ahead of Saturday’s governorship poll.

    According to him, the Government House has not been blocked contrary to the claims by Fayose.

    He promised to probe the alleged attack on Fayose and brief the media afterwards.

    Armed policemen on Wednesday stopped a rally scheduled to take place at the new Pavilion located at Fajuyi, which is within the vicinity of the Government House.

    The policemen shot into the air as they dispersed the PDP members, who were called by Fayose for a rally in support of Prof Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.


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