Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Wednesday said that he was beaten by policemen during a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally at the entrance to the Ekiti State Government House in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Witnesses confirmed that policemen who stormed the venue shot and tear gassed the crowd at the rally which was organized for Prof. Kolapo Olusola, the candidate of the PDP in the July 14 governorship election.
Apparently refusing to leave the venue, riot policemen were reportedly ordered to forcefully disperse the supporters.
According to the police, the organizers of the rally did not obtain any permit before embarking on the rally. Therefore it had to be stopped to avoid any breakdown of law and order ahead of the July 14 poll.
Mr. Habilal Joshak, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, noted that the crowd was dispersed because the party did not obtain a permit for the rally.
According to him, no unauthorized rally would be allowed in the state, he noted; adding that crisis must be prevented ahead of the election.
“We are not going to allow any unauthorised rally that can trigger violence in the state. You can see that the state is tensed up,” he said.
“As law enforcement agents, we must be proactive and take actions that can prevent crisis rather than trying to quell it after it might have broken out,” Joshak added.
According to report, Governor Fayose appeared at the scene of the event to prevent policemen from disrupting his candidate’s supporters. He was however allegedly attacked by the police. Fayose who was crying while talking, said that he was slapped and hit with a gun by one of the policemen.
The governor said that the order from the presidency was to kill him and his deputy, Kolapo. He urged the international community to intervene in the issue.
“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 through these pains because of my people. I will go back to hospital after addressing you to receive further medical treatment,” he said.
Sola Owoeye, Fayose’s Personal Assistant on Protocol, was also arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigation Department at the Police Command.
Prof. Olusola in his own statement said that; the All Progressives Congress was desperate to take over power from the PDP in the state.
Olusola noted that there were cases that the Supreme Court ruled that political parties needed no police permit to stage a rally.
“A situation whereby a policeman will slap a sitting governor, this is not good. The President must be warned. The international community should warn President Buhari.
“When they were beating me and Mr governor, I told the Commissioner of Police in charge of MOPOL Unit that you are beating a deputy governor, he told me ‘who is a deputy governor?’ The same thing he said to the governor.
“My mandate is a divine one and the army that is with us is more than those with them. We are not going to be intimidated. We shall go to the election on Saturday and win.”