Ekiti Assembly members allege invasion plot, seek police protection

By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti

Members of Ekiti State House of Assembly have accused the Police of
planning to invade the state and arrest top government functionaries
and senior members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Describing the planned invasion as an “assault on democracy,” the
legislators who condemned what they called the “incessant harassment”
of cabinet members of the Ayo Fayose administration, said it was aimed
at gaining power through the backdrop.

In a statement on Sunday by the Speaker, Kola Oluwawole, the lawmakers
accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders of being the
masterminds of the alleged plot urging the Acting Inspector General of
Police, Ibrahim Idris, not to allow the Police under him to be used to
truncate democracy.

Oluwawole claimed that 20 officers that will carry out the alleged
Ekiti invasion will be led by one ACP Olusola Oke urging the acting
IGP to resist the pressure of using his men to “cause chaos” in the
state.

But the Ekiti State Police Command has denied the lawmakers’
allegation saying signals to that effect had not been received from
the Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters in Abuja.

The state police spokesman Alberto Adeyemi said:” I am not aware of
that. We are about 5,000 policemen in the command and for 20 policemen
to come and invade Ekiti, I regard that as too absurd.

“We have nothing of such either from the IG or the CP. All we know is
that we are on ground and doing our work as required by law. My
brother, there is no truth in that, it is not true.”

But Oluwawole said: “Harassing PDP members in Ekiti State, government
officials and members of the State House of Assembly will not help
democracy in Nigeria and the international community should help
Nigeria to sustain Democracy by calling the APC-led federal government
to order.”

“Plotters of evil against Governor Ayodele Fayose and his government
must know that we in the House of Assembly will not present ourselves
to be used against our governor. They should know that even if we are
arrested and detained for one year, we won’t collaborate with those
plotting evil against Governor Fayose.”

“If two years after losing a free, fair and credible election and
exploring all legal options up to the Supreme Court, some people are
still running from the Army, DSS, EFCC and Police, writing frivolous
petitions, law enforcements agencies in the country, especially the
police should be mindful of turning itself to tool in the hands of
those who are obviously out to truncate democracy in Ekiti State.

“The IGP should rather ask, what is the sense in writing over 100
petitions over an election conducted in just 16 local councils and was
adjudged as free, fair and credible even by International Observers,
including the United States Government. Nobody was slapped not to talk
being killed during the election.

“Nigerians should be reminded that the DSS has earlier been used to
invade the State House of Assembly with a member of the House, Afolabi
Akanni abducted and detained for 18 days without any offence.

“Despite these harassments however, we will remain undaunted in our
unflinching support for the our governor, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose and
wish to state that freedom of thought and expression is guaranteed  by
the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and in exercising
this right, Governor Fayose won’t be intimidated by any agency of the
federal government.

“No amount of intimidation, arrest, detention, harassment and monetary
inducement will make us dance to the tune of those whose only interest
is to truncate the Fayose-led government and return to power through
the backdoor.

“Nigerians should be reminded that these APC elements lost election in
June 2014 and they lost four other elections in 2015. They should stop
trying to get to power through the backdoor. They should stop this
harassment, intimidation and use of federal power to oppress innocent
Nigerians.”

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