Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, made his first public appearance in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, yesterday, after the July 14 poll, which produced All Progressives Congress’ (APC) candidate, Kayode Fayemi, as governor-elect.
He was hailed by a huge crowd of market women, kids, aged and youths on the street of Ado Ekiti, as he walked from the Oja Bisi area to the palace of the monarch of Ado Ekiti, the Ewi of Ado, Oba Rufus Adejugbe.
The crowd, who showed excitement on seeing him, prayed for him and wished him well in his future endeavours.
They saw him off to the Ewi’s Palace where he reported the security lockdown in the state, particularly, as it affects him, and urged the Ewi and other traditional rulers in the state to intervene.
He still wore the neck brace which he had shortly after he alleged he was physically assaulted by security agents on July 11.
Reporting to the Ewi, Fayose said: “l have come to let you know that before the July 14 election, the Government House was invaded by the police and men of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the poll was rigged; over 300 of our members and top government functionaries have been arrested and clamped into detention since then. My wife was also subjected to a 45 minutes harrowing experience, while entering the Government House shortly before the poll.
“Since the day of the poll, the government office has been shut and my security agents have been withdrawn.
“The July 14 poll has come and gone, and the constitution says until October 16, I am still the governor. Since they have left this morning, I felt I should inform you, Ekiti people, Nigerians and international community that l am still being locked out at the government office.
“I urge you to help me tell the Federal Government, security agents and others that I should be left alone, l and my family have a right to life. The man who contested against us is being protected, but my policemen have been withdrawn. I represent Ekiti and was given a mandate of the people. Harassing me is not the best.
“My aides are being harassed, their vehicles searched up to spare tires and they are being searched even to their pants. I wonder why we should be in this kind of situation ahead of 2019. I want you to intervene please Kabiyesi.”
In his response, the Ewi of Ado, who was almost moved to tears as he watched Fayose, said: “First of all I want to thank God for sparing your life and that up till now, there has not been casualties.
Before the poll and as if we knew this was going to happen, the council of Obas met with the Independent National Electoral Commission officials, security operatives, party candidates and others and pleaded with all parties that before, during and after the poll, we want peace in Ekiti state, because we are homogenous, Ekiti will remain one forever and whoever wins we will accept.
“It is unfortunate that this kind of thing is happening, the way I see you today in complete black, which is against our custom in the palace, I knew something is happening. I will convey your message to the chairman of Traditional Council of Obas in Ekiti. We had discussed you this morning and wondered where you were.
“We use this opportunity too to appeal to the security operatives to, in the name of God, restore your security to you. Whatever it is, we are in Ekiti and they should allow us to intervene in this matter, all the three of you in the race, yourself, Prof. Olusola Eleka, and Dr. Kayode Fayemi are our sons. You are all our eminent sons who cannot be wished away. We urge all parties to allow peace to reign. We will also get in touch with Dr. Fayemi to use his good offices to intervene.”