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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

APC to Fayose: Too late to denounce your thugs

The All Progressives Congress, in Ekiti State, has said Governor Ayodele Fayose cannot disown the thugs he imported to the state to foment trouble, noting that denouncing them and their activities now was tantamount to his “use and dump” antics.

The party noted that the thugs, known as “Fayose Boys”, had been terrorising members of the opposition and other innocent citizens of the state, since he assumed office, saying that for Fayose to try to distance himself from the hoodlums, now, was a dishonest denunciation of the youth he raised for various acts of crimes and violence.

Reacting to Fayose’s threat to deal with hoodlums on rampage against the residents across the state, Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said that the Ekiti people were not deceived by the governor threatening police actions against the hoodlums, noting that his threat was a face-saving measure to distract attention from his complicity in promoting violence in the state.

 “It is diversionary to threaten the hoodlums now with the police that the governor has been using to provide cover for the hoodlums to perpetrate their crimes and attacks on the opposition in the last nine months,” Olatunbosun said.

 He added: “It is an irony that Fayose is denying association with his thugs in the wake of intra-party violence that rocked the PDP in the state in the last three days, leading to the shooting of the state secretary of the party, Dr. Tope Aluko.

 “We, as a party, have written many petitions to the security agencies over the menace of thugs quartered in the Government House by Fayose, who were also provided with the police cover to attack members of the opposition in many towns in the state.”

 Olatunbosun regretted that even though the security agencies were in possession of these petitions, they had not arrested a single thug for all the atrocities the “Fayose Boys” had committed against the opposition in the state.

“Fayose’s thugs had attacked the APC Secretariat many times, destroying many vehicles and injuring many APC members in the process. Despite knowing their identities, the police have not arrested any of the hoodlums but have curiously been giving them cover on the instruction of Governor Fayose.

“The violence which the PDP unleashed on the state, three days ago, is a confirmation of our earlier claim that the PDP is a party that harbours thugs and a breeding ground for miscreants. The openly brandish weapons by thugs loyal to the two PDP factions and the subsequent exchange of gunfire is an indication that the state is not safe for anyone,” he said.

He added that the same thugs the governor was denying association with were the ones who attacked opposition members in Igbemo, Ijan, Aisegba, Ado-Ekiti, Ikere, Erijiyan and many other towns, including the weekend attack by PDP factions engaged in gun battle at the party secretariat.
“We also wish to remind the police that Fayose’s Special Adviser and a Commissioner, who were once caught with guns, axes, petrol and acid, were released on the orders of Fayose, without charging them to court and so there is no way Fayose can claim innocence in the gale of violence in the state.
“We call on the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to act now before the state is plunged into anarchy with innocent citizens falling victims.

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