The campaign for Saturday’s governorship elections in Ekiti State took a dramatic turn yesterday as security operatives who blocked the entrance to Government House, Ado-Ekiti, also fired tear-gas at the governor and his supporters.
But the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Habila Joshak, in a swift reaction, told newsmen that policemen were deployed only to abort the rally since no approval was sought for it.
Governor Ayodele Fayose was said to have fainted and was rushed to Government House clinic where he was treated.
An eyewitness told Vanguard that trouble started when the governor came to the entrance of Government House to ask why PDP members were being dispersed from the pavilion located at Fajuyi Park, where a rally was scheduled to hold.
The governor, on getting wind of how his people were being dispersed promptly ran to the scene and asked why such action was being allegedly taken by the anti-riot policemen.
It was gathered that on getting wind of how his supporters were being dispersed by the police, the governor immediately ran to the spot, while policemen moved towards him and asked him to return to Government House.
However, a source said the policemen threatened to open fire on some of the governor’s aides who became angry about police action.
“When the governor insisted that he should be told why his people were being manhandled, he was asked to go back, but he said he demanded reason the police took the action.Governor Ayodele Fayose with cervical collar on his neck, addressing party supporters after he had been revived.
I was slapped, beaten — Fayose
Recounting his ordeal, Governor Fayose, who appeared in neck brace, wept profusely while addressing the party members who had earlier been dispersed by policemen.
He explained that the policemen confirmed to him that they were under strict instruction from the Inspector General of police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, that he and his deputy should be got rid off.
He 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.
“This is an 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 with 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.’’