A group, the Ekiti PDP Elders’ Forum,
has accused the Federal Government of
harassing and intimidating the Ekiti
State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose and
top officials of the state government
through institutions such as the
Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC), the Department of
State Security (DSS) among others.
The group, therefore, called on the
Presidency to stop such acts in the
interest of peace and harmony in the
Speaking on behalf of the group in
Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, former Deputy
Governor, Chief Paul Alabi said the
latest freezing of the account of
Governor Fayose was the last straw
that broke the camel’s back.
Alabi was supported by former Deputy
Governor Sikiru Tae Lawal, Chief Idowu
Odeyemi, Chief Afolabi Ojuawo, Chief
Mrs Adesoro, Hon. Dele Olugbemi, Dr
Jimi Oke, Chief J.O. Ademuwagun, Chief
Idowu Faleye among others.
The PDP elders recalled that agents of
the Federal Government had earlier
invaded the state House of Assembly,
abducted a lawmaker, Hon. Afolabi
Akanni and detained him for 18 days
without being charged to court.
“From all these happenings, it is clear
that the APC-led Federal Government is
actively using both the DSS and the
EFCC and other federal agencies to
harass and intimidate Governor Ayodele
Fayose for no other reason than raising
his voice against what he sees as the
illegalities and bad policies of the APC-
led Federal Government.
“As elders of the party in Ekiti State,
we are very much disturbed at this
trend where a sitting governor who
enjoys constitutional immunity is being
harassed by institutions created by the
state for no just cause other than being
the voice of the masses,” they said.
They added that democracy would only
thrive when the rule of law is allowed
While noting that the governor had
been crying out against plans by the
government at the centre to destabilize
his government, they pleaded with
President Muhammadu Buhari to face
governance and ensure the delivery of
dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
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