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Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Governor Ayo Fayose of feeding the people with lies while appearing on his monthly media chat on Monday, describing him as a “shameless liar”.
The party was reacting to Fayose’s claim during the media chat, “Meet Your Governor”, where he claimed that no member of the opposition was attacked or killed since his assumption of office on October 16, 2014.
The opposition took a strong exception to Fayose’s claim that he built all the structures in the Ado Ekiti Government House, maintaining that his predecessors – Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Chief Segun Oni and Dr. Kayode Fayemi – also erected structures there.
In a statement yesterday, APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, explained that most of the structures Fayose claimed to have built were forcefully acquired from their original owners, who are in the opposition, in continuation of the governor’s alleged vendetta war against opposition members.
The APC asked the governor to stop lying and face the reality of public hostility against him over non-performance, lies, alleged fraud and deliberately refusing to pay workers’ salary.
Olatunbosun added that the recent humiliation of the governor by teachers as they booed him as seen on television nationwide was a verdict for a governor that made “lies, deceit and greed a deliberate policy of his government”.
Describing Fayose as “unconscionable liar for saying that no member of the opposition was attacked since he assumed office in October 2014, Olatunbosun listed instances of attacks on the opposition.
He said the governor only pulled the brakes after President Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated in May 2015.
Olatunbosun said: “What of the shootings in Igbemo by Fayose’s thugs for more than three hours with pellets falling on the palace roof and shooting at Ife Arowosoge’s house at around the same time that the 19 APC Assembly members were not allowed to sit by the governor’s thugs?
“What of our members that received machete cuts by his thugs for wearing APC vests or the shooting in front of CNPP chairman’s house at Egbewa or the APC members he clamped into jail for crimes they didn’t commit?
“What of the several shootings and burning of APC secretariat, where offices and vehicles, including mine, were destroyed and are still kept in police stations as exhibits or the attack on our members in front of Bisi Egbeyemi’s house with the latter’s truck vandalised?
“What of the forceful seizure of vehicles belonging to Fayemi’s commissioners and aides or the forceful eviction of Fayemi’s aides and Commissioners from their houses at Irewolede Estate until the court stopped him?
“What is the governor doing with his thugs quartered in the Government House over which we have written many petitions to the security agencies and the National Human Right Commission?”
Other victims, according to Olatunbosun, include Oluwole Jinadu, who was allegedly dealt machete cuts in Aisegba- Ekiti by PDP thugs on the eve of Presidential election, the same period that Oluwafemi was attacked in Ado Ekiti.
According to him, APC former state lawmaker, Segun Erinle’s house was teargassed and his aged mother nearly died of teargas fumes on the eve of State Assembly election in 2015, even as the late Gbenga Olofin was similarly attacked during his senatorial campaign in Igede-Ekiti, among several similar attacks across the state.
Olatunbosun wondered whether Fayose was referring to another Ekiti State with the aforementioned cases of attacks.