The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has said Governor Ayo Fayose should be blamed for the spate of kidnappings in the state.
The party said the governor had failed to deliver his campaign promises, six persons, including medical doctors, have been kidnapped in the last five months.
Publicity Secretary Taiwo Olatubosun, in a statement, said the kidnapping of medical doctors had forced medical practitioners to down tools.
“We raised the alarm when the trend started, calling the attention of Ekiti people to the governor’s refusal to fund security agencies, even though Fayose increased his personal security vote to N200 million monthly.
“What is happening now is a confirmation of our earlier claim that the 19 APC lawmakers were targets of kidnapping to reduce their number to stall his impeachment.
“This would have been done if they had attended the meeting at ABUAD where we were informed that an ambush had been laid for them,” Olatunbosun said.
He added that the recent kidnappings could not be detached from the earlier state of siege and insecurity by criminals after the government unleashed thugs, miscreants and escapee-inmates to harass political opponents.
“The thugs, who are still being lodged in the Government House, had in the past, unleashed terror on opposition members in every town across Ekiti State.
“We have every reason to believe that they are the same criminals together with their colleagues from neighbouring Ondo State who are responsible for the kidnappings in the state,” Olatubosun said.
He added: “We raised the alarm about the state of insecurity in Ekiti in the last six months. It was first the jailbreak, followed by the reign of robbers, next was the reign of thugs who maimed political opponents and now kidnappers.
“We call on security agencies, especially the Acting IGP Solomon Arase, to revisit our petitions on the Government House thugs. They should be arrested and prosecuted now.
“We sympathise with Ekiti people who were deceived by Fayose into believing he is the best for them. They now know better, as the difference between a government that really cared for the masses and a government of stunts and deceit is becoming clearer by the day.”