Following the violence at a court tribunal hearing in Ekiti state and the murder of former state chairman of the RTEAN, Mr. Rotimi
Olabiwonu, the leadership of All progressive congress, APC has vowed to take over Ekiti State.
APC Chairman in the state, Chief Jide Awe, during the state
Congress in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday said, “This is our land. The land of the progressives, We won’t allow any stranger to take it from us.
“The struggle for emancipation of Ekiti State has just started. I
know we have men and women of honour who are going to be at
the vanguard of this struggle. We at the head of the struggle will
not shack in our responsibility.”
He however did not name those he described as strangers.
To buttress it, Ekiti state deputy Governor, who represented the Givernor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, said he was optimistic that the APC would “overtake and recover “ the state from the PDP.
The incumbent Governor of Ekiti state, Mr. Fayemi said “The APC is getting stronger. The party is on the ground, effectively, efficiently and absolutely. From what I have witnessed, we still have a firm grip of the state.”
In response to this, Fayose, through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said the APC leaders were only deceiving themselves.
He said, “The APC leaders, especially, in Ekiti State are only
deceiving themselves. If they think they are progressives, they are
not because they are pretenders. They are wolves in sheep skin.
PDP has won in Ekiti State; so, the APC should forget it.
“I want the Ekiti APC to know that by 2015, APC will exist only in
name, especially in this state. It will have no structure because its
members would have defected to the PDP.
“We are going to do this with landmark projects. Laudable
programmes to be embarked upon by Fayose would make them to
defect. For them to be saying they will recover Ekiti is just an
imagination. They are daydreaming; it will never come to reality.
For the next 50 years, APC will not come back to Ekiti State.”
Also, the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Kola Oluwawole, said it
was wrong for progressives that make up the PDP in the state to
be referred to as strangers
He said, “We don’t have any trouble with the tribunal because the
election was free and fair. What we are complaining against is the
procedure adopted by the judge in the case by the Ekiti 11.
“On the contrary, we (PDP) are the progressives. APC members in
the state are not progressives; they are retrogressives. If they are
progressives, they will know how to accept defeat.”
Oluwawole also called on security agencies to be on the lookout for troublemakers.
It said, “Only last Monday, we raised the alarm that the APC had
commissioned some people to attack PDP leaders and were
threatening PDP leaders, some people said we were only raising
false alarm. But three days later, Chief Aderiye, a leader of the
PDP in Ado-Ekiti was killed.
“We have it on good authority that the APC has commissioned
thugs coming in four 18-seater buses to Ekiti. They were said to
have left Lagos around 11pm on Saturday. They were armed with
acid, cutlasses, guns, sledge hammers, syringes and other
dangerous weapons to harm the people of Ekiti State.
“These thugs will appear in PDP vests and fez caps to execute
their dastardly act within one month.
“Certainly, they are likely to have arrived in Ekiti by now. They will
move about on motorcycles to execute their dastardly act.
“Ekiti people who gave their mandate to Fayose are their targets
and as well the PDP members. The APC thugs are on a revenge
mission to avenge the defeat of Fayemi in the June 21 election
and for aborting last Monday’s judicial coup.
“Ekiti people are enjoined to be vigilant and to report any strange
element to the police.”
However, Ekiti state is placed on dusk till dawn curfew by the Governor in order to curb the boiling violence in the state.