The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has cried out over the alleged constant harassment and threat meted out to them by Governor Ayodele Fayose in what they call ‘a bid to run opposition out of the state’.
A statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said the alarm became necessary in the face of persistent political witch hunting of APC members arrested on fraudulent charges that saw them ending up in jail.
This was a run-off to the Sunday night arrest of a former Ekiti Chairman of Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria, Mr. Rotimi Olambiwonnu (a.k.a. Mentilo), who was later arraigned before an Ado Ekiti Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Olambiwonnu was accused of complicity in the murder of a former Ekiti State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Omolafe Aderiye.
Magistrate Idowu Aiyenimon has adjourned the matter till Friday, following an objection by the Defence Counsel, Niran Owoseni, that his client was brought to the court when the case had been concluded. Aderiye, a staunch supporter of the governor, was killed on September 25, 2014 in Ijigbo area of the state capital, Ado Ekiti. The Police had earlier charged four persons to court, after arresting and questioning 19 persons in respect of the killing to determine their level of culpability.
The Ekiti Police Command, later on November 24, paraded a former Coordinator of Oodua People’s Congress in the state, Prince Adeniyi Adedipe, a.k.a. Apase, over the same murder case. Speaking with newsmen after the court session, Owoseni said the action of the government was an attempt to incarcerate his client and put him out of circulation. Olatubosun said, “Governor Fayose at his inauguration ceremony last October publicly declared a one-minute silence for the death of the APC in the state, promising to send the party members out of town.
“True to his declaration, no fewer than 10 leaders of our party have been hounded out of town while two are in jail over trumped-up charges, even as teachers that were perceived as having sympathy for the APC were transferred to the remote areas of the state while the governor is still after Fayemi’s officials to seize their cars, even when the matter is in court “This is the same way he wants to eject them from their Housing Estate homes which runs against legal agreement in the purchase of their houses.
“His first victim was our Chairman, Chief Jide Awe, who the governor implicated in the murder of Mrs. Juliana Jeje and Ayo Jeje in Erinjiyan-Ekiti, even when it was proven that Awe was out of the town when violence broke out among party rivals that claimed the lives of the victims,” he said.