Buhari’s victory: Police seal Ekiti Assembly; hoodlums attack APC members; why Jonathan lost in Ondo, by Oke


There was pandemonium in the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Wednesday when 16 of the 19 lawmakers opposed to Governor Ayo Fayose held a parliamentary session.
The 19 lawmakers belong to the All Progressives Congress (APC) while the remaining seven lawmakers are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Tuesday’s announcement of the APC presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, as the president-elect, served as a booster to the APC lawmakers and they stormed the Assembly Complex in Ado-Ekiti with their supporters.
Led by Adewale Omirin, the session lasted about 20 minutes.
The seven lawmakers loyal to Fayose and led by Dele Olugbemi were also at the Assembly Complex but did not participate in the session led by Omirin.
After the session, Omirin and the 15 lawmakers left but some of their supporters were still at the complex.
Then, Olugbemi and the six lawmakers wanted to hold their own session when the crisis started as some of Omirin’s supporters wanted to storm the chamber.
This led to the shooting of tear gas by some policemen around. Within minutes, the state Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, came with some anti-riot policemen to douse the tension.
Lakanu also ordered the sealing off of the complex.
A few minutes after the fracas, some APC supporters were attacked by hoodlums at the party’s State Secretariat, Ajilosun in Ado-Ekiti.
They were celebrating Buhari’s victory when the hoodlums stormed the secretariat. Some of them were injured and five vehicles vandalised. One of the attackers was arrested.
APC state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said: “Following Buhari’s victory, we had came here this morning and people started trooping in from different parts of the state. We decided to have a procession to appreciate the people of the state. The mood of the moment is that we should go out and celebrate.
“The thugs came in three Hilux vans and destroyed all vehicles on sight. It was a serious traumatic experience. We do not believe Fayose could stoop so low to do such a thing. There had been some information that they were planning to attack us and we thought the governor would act gentlemanly,” he said.
Lakanu said: “We received information that there was an attack at APC secretariat and I deployed a team of policemen there, led by the Area Commander. They succeeded in flushing out the miscreants. We are still making effort to arrest the other miscreants. We have information on those who perpetrated the act,” he said.
But Fayose said it was an internal crisis involving APC members.
His Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said: “Such allegation should be disregarded by every reasonable human being because the governor did not send anybody and has never done such a thing in the past. The APC, in their usual character, had piled up strategies and as well more than 20 lies of various‎ degrees which they plan to execute on daily basis to cause commotion in the state if General Buhari wins the election.
“One of such lies is this allegation of attack which in actual sense they planned and executed by themselves to make it look as if they were attacked by outsiders. The governor does not operate or have any killer gang as they alleged, rather, it is the APC killer gang which was set up and funded by the Fayemi administration and headed by Deji Adesokan that has reappeared again in the state, and we are urging the police to be on their trail before they wreck havoc.
“This killer gang, which killed not less than 10 people when Fayemi was in government, relocated outside the state after that ‎ administration was ousted. Ekiti State has been peaceful since then. We are aware of their sinister plans to ‎cause crisis in the state and they have started by invading the State House of Assembly today. If the APC is sure of the attack, it should report that to the police.
“We are again informing Ekiti people of the evil plans by the APC to plunge the state into another crisis and stand up to defend this government, defend the mandate you have freely given to Ayo Fayose. We also appeal to the police and other arms of the security agencies to maintain law and order, protect lives and property and never allow hoodlums turn this state into a theatre of war.”
In Ondo State, the PDP governorship candidate in the October 2012 election, Chief Olusola Oke, blamed Jonathan’s defeat on poor leadership, injustice and mismanagement of opportunities available to the party.
He said: “The vices inherent in the party, both at the state and the federal level, sentenced it out of power”.


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