Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Fayose Makes First Public Appearance after Elections, Demands Right to Life
Peter Ayodele Fayose, the Governor of Ekiti state has made his first public appearance since his Deputy and governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Kolapo Olusola Elekha lost the election to the Kayode Fayemi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate amidst intrigue and allegations of fraud.
Being one who is used to being in the eye of the storm, Fayose has demanded that his life and that of his family be secured, saying there is no single policeman protecting him.
“If we have been robbed, we must still have a right to life. I need a right to life, my family needs a right to life,”
Governor Fayose made the allegations at the palace of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe, which was his first port of call after the elections.
He condemned the situation where the man “that contested against me” is allegedly protected by at least two units of policemen while the incumbent governor has no single policeman to protect him.
The governor also insinuated that all the police officers deployed in the Government House had been withdrawn by the police command since Wednesday last week as he called for the intervention of concerned individuals and groups in the matter; he wondered why all entrances to Government House, Ado-Ekiti were blocked since last week Friday.
The allegations have come one day after Governor Fayose expressed his displeasure at the outcome of the election and accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC of using security operatives and vote buying to win the poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced the victory of Fayose’s predecessor and former minister of solid minerals Dr. Kayode Fayemi. Over Professor Kolapo Olusola, and over 30 others in a keenly contested election froth with controversy.
According to the results announced on Sunday, Fayemi polled the highest vote of 197,459 to beat his closest rival Olusola who scored 178,121 votes.
While the national leadership of the APC and PDP have disagreed over the election results, Governor Fayose noted that the victory of the APC was irrelevant as the PDP would reclaim their mandate in court.
There were also allegations of massive vote buying by the two major parties and importation of thugs in some local government areas of the state during election.