The deputy governor of Ekiti State and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, Professor Kolapo Olusola has said that the governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, are both behind the return of bloodshed back to Ekiti State.
Kolapo stated this through a statement made available to press men on Friday, June 1, by Lere Olayinka, director of Media and Publicity of Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation (KOCO).
The full statement read:
“Today, the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi invaded Ekiti State with armed policemen and thugs, throwing the State that has been peaceful since the advent of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s government into bloodshed.
Akeredolu led the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to Ekiti in a show of federal might and in the process, seven people were hit by police bullets.
At the APC secretariat, one of the mobile policemen was said to be using his gun to push away the thugs brought from Ondo State and the hoodlums, in turn, dragged the gun with him, leading to sporadic shootings that left six persons shot.
One of those injured was Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele. Five others also had gunshot injuries.
The APC thugs backed by armed policemen later went on a rampage at Ojumose area of Ado Ekiti, destroying the canopies and chairs in front of the residence of late Prince Adegoke.
One of the Teargas canisters fired by the policemen hit a Taxi driver, Odeyemi Olumide badly injuring him. He is now receiving treatment at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, alongside five others who were shot at the APC secretariat.
As usual, the APC went to town with the story that the policeman who fired the shots at the party secretariat was fake.
However, information available to us is that the policeman was brought from Ondo State by Governor Akeredolu.
Consequently, we challenge the Police authority to release the identity of the police officer to the police and how he left Akure for Ado Ekiti.
We also wish to alert the public of the possibility of the APC shenanigans plotting to assassinate the policeman so as to sustain their lie that he is fake.
We make bold to say that Governor Akeredolu of Ondo State and Dr Fayemi must be held responsible for any breakdown of law and order in Ekiti State. We are aware of their mobilisation of thugs from Ondo State to Ekiti for the July 14. The governor even reportedly boasted that he was ready to spend two months allocation of Ondo State on Fayemi’s election.
The first manifestation of Governor Akeredolu’s plot to ensure that Ekiti is taken by force was the bloodshed witnessed in the State today.
Lastly, let Governor Akeredolu and his stooge, Kayode Fayemi know that Ekiti is not a state to be taken by force and annexed to Ondo State by anyone, our people will resist the APC agents of bloodshed’” Olayinka added.