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Guber Poll: Fayose Decries Deployment of Compromised Security Men in Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose

The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday took on the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Bello, and the Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mrs. Promise Ihenacho, over what he called the deployment of compromised operatives to Ekiti to perpetrate rigging and illegal arrests.

This was as stakeholders like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security operatives on Tuesday assured the people that the election
slated for July 14 will be free, fair and devoid of any form of malpractices that could vitiate the process.

The assurances were given by the INEC commissioner in charge of Ekiti, Oyo and Osun States, Mr Solomon Soyebi, the state police commissioner and DSS Director at a town hall meeting organised by Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.

The Chairman of the Civic Society Organisation, Mr Clement Nwakwo, said the essence of the meeting is to extract assurances from INEC and security agencies that the coming election will be credible.

He said: “What we have got from INEC and securitymen are reassuring that we will get free and fair poll in Ekiti. We are going to hold INEC accountable for whatever happens and that is why it is good for the security to be helpful and we know they won’t default in this regard.”

Fayose specifically alleged that the ex-chief security officer (CSO) to Dr Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hakeem Abiola and former aide de’ camp (ADC), Adeyemi Ajayi, have been clandestinely brought to Ekiti to lead policemen to conduct the illegal arrest of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and harass the electorate.

The atmosphere of the Afe Babalola Civic Centre, where the event was held became charged, as party members inside the hall threw all manners of jibe at the DSS boss as she made efforts to respond to the allegations.

The state Council of Traditional Rulers, its Chairman and the Oloye of Oye Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju, and the Attah of Ayede, Oba Abdulmumin Orisagbemi, told the security chiefs to redeploy the two men out of the state in the interest of peace.

But the DSS boss, Mrs Ihenacho, confirmed that the former Fayemi’s CSO
is in Ekiti but not as a leader of a unit as alleged by the governor, which further provoked the audience and made them to become uncontrollable until Fayose intervened and brought the situation under control.

At this point, the police commissioner quickly intervened, saying any police officer that has political affinity with any of the interested parties would not
be used for the election.

He added: “I have built a career going to 35 years in the police and I won’t want anybody to bring me down, not even any politician or even your Excellency, Dr. Fayose will ask me to rig election and I will comply.

“We are going to give equal opportunities to all the parties and the issue you have raised will be looked into, because there are procedure we must follow, even if they are going to be redeployed.”

The governor accused the DSS boss of allegedly acting like a chieftain of the APC by ordering the arrest and detention of PDP members and some teachers.

He also tendered a video evidence to INEC chiefs at the event to confirm the alleged pre-loading of the smart card reader by a political party in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Fayose said: “Free and fair election can only come when security did the right thing. On the day of election, I want all my security details to be withdrawn. But let me say that DSS have started arresting people but this will be resisted.

“You can’t be expecting a free, fair poll when people were being harassed and detained illegally and a police officer and DSS operative attached to a former governor were secretly drafted to head a detachment of force comprising about 63 men.”

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