The Ekiti State Deputy Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Kolapo Olusola has insisted that the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, is responsible for the shooting in Ekiti on Friday at the rally organised by the All Progressives Congress for its governorship candidate, Kayode Fayemi.
It will be recalled that Naija News reported that the governor had earlier denied the allegations level against him on the shooting.
Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation (KOCO) who made the submission in a press statement made available to Naija News by its spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, said that the Ondo State governor must be held responsible for the invasion of Ekiti state with thugs and over 150 armed policemen on Friday, leading to the shooting at the APC secretariat and Ojumose area of Ado Ekiti that left many people injured.
Olayinka asked; “Is Governor Akeredolu now happy with himself that after he led thugs and armed policemen to Ekiti in support of Fayemi, nine people are in hospital, three in critical condition, including Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele and Ekiti State is now in the news for negative reasons?”
The statement read; “We wish to draw the attention of Nigerians to the involvement of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in the plot by the APC to unleash terror on Ekiti and its people as part of the grand plot to forcefully take over the State, having realized that the party’s cannot regain power through the ballots.
“Last week Friday, Governor Akeredolu mobilized over 150 armed policemen and several thugs from Akure, Ondo State to accompany the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to Ado Ekiti, thereby throwing Ekiti State that has been peaceful since the advent ofGovernor Ayodele Fayose’s government into chaos.
“The thugs were led by one Jacob Adebo (popularly known Idajo), who is the Chairman of the National Union of Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ondo State. This same Idajo was allegedly involved in the various attacks on Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele in 2014, especially on September 19, 2014 when his political movement, Bibiire Coalition was launched in Ado Ekiti.
“These thugs brought to Ekiti courtesy of Governor Akeredolu were the ones that went on rampage at Ojumose area of Ado Ekiti on Friday, destroying canopies and chairs in front of the residence of late Prince Adegoke. One of the Teargas canisters fired by the policemen that accompanied the thugs hit a Taxi driver, Odeyemi Olumide badly injuring him. He is now receiving treatment at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, alongside others who were shot at the APC secretariat.”
Backed by Governor Akeredolu, Idajo had early last month attempted to cause disharmony among drivers in Ekiti State by attempting a takeover of the unions by a dissident group.
“It should be noted that the Ondo State Governor had reportedly boasted that he was ready to spend two months allocation of his State to ensure that Fayemi is imposed on the people of Ekiti, and we wish to ask what his interest is.KOCO insisted in a statement issued on Monday, by its Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka, that the Ondo State governor must be held responsible for the invasion of Ekiti state with thugs and over 150 armed policemen on Friday, leading to the shooting at the APC secretariat and Ojumose area of Ado Ekiti that left many people injured.