By Leke Adeseri, South West Regional Editor
BITTER politicking continued in Ekiti State yesterday even in the face of serious social ills including kidnapping and murder.
Governor Ayodele Fayose and the 19 All Progressives Congress, APC lawmakers pressing for his impeachment went to town to politicise new security measures put in place to check violent crimes.
While the lawmakers are saying the measures, including stop and search of vehicles were aimed at facilitating their abduction, the governor has described the men as evil, wicked and insensitive.
‘Stop And Search’, ploy for our kidnap – APC lawmakers
Opposing the new security measures in the state, the 19 All APC lawmakers alleged that the new measures were ordered by Governor Fayose to stem cases of kidnapping in the state through ‘stop and search’ operation as an orchestrated plot by the governor to track them for kidnap to stall his impeachment.
The lawmakers, in a statement by Speaker Adewale Omirin’s Special Adviser on Media, Wole Olujobi, said they had uncovered an alleged plot by the governor to engage the Government House security men on major roads in the state to conduct ‘stop and search’ operations in a frantic search to track them for kidnap.
Thanking “the good people in government” who leaked the plot, the lawmakers condemned such operation as unwarranted assault, particularly as the cars targeted for stop and search operation would be mainly dark grey Toyota Camry cars, which is the brand and colour of the lawmakers’ official cars.
“We are in possession of a report that the governor is using cases of kidnap in the state to break the nation-wide ban on roadblock ordered by the Inspector General of Police to raise some teams of security men working in the Government House to be on our trail to take us out of circulation.
“The officers, who worked for him in similar operations between 2003 and 2006 and who were indicted by the security panel set up President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005 to investigate political killings in Ekiti State, are the ones specially requested by Fayose for reposting to Ekiti State after he was declared winner in the June 21 governorship poll and they are the ones leading this dastardly operation.
“As we speak, the security men and thugs are in possession of our photographs. They have been told to specifically be on the look-out for dark grey Toyota Camry cars , which are our official cars, to identify us for kidnap to stall his impeachment.
“Part of the instruction is that all vehicles with tinted glasses must be stopped for identification. All our cars are tinted so that will create excuse for stopping our cars just to hit their targets.
“This is the latest ploy after other plots had failed. We are also aware that the governor will soon address a press conference where he will allege that some of the lawmakers, who he believes constitute a threat to him, are responsible for cases of kidnapping in the state.
“He is already in the media selling a dummy that the Speaker, Dr Omirin, and Senator Babafemi Ojudu are sponsors of kidnapping in the state. The plan is to declare them wanted so they become targets of arrest by security agents,” Olujobi explained.
The lawmakers urged the state leaders to call the governor to order while also urging the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Erase, to put his men on the alert to stop the activities of criminal gangs bent of frustrating his ‘no roadblock’ order across the country.
Ekiti APC lawmakers are evil, wicked, insensitive – Govt
But in a swift response the governoryhrough a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has described as “evil, wicked and insensitive” claim by the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the state that the ‘stop and search’ operation ordered by the State Security Council to stem cases of kidnapping in the State was an orchestrated plot by the governor to track them for kidnap to stall Governor Ayodele Fayose’s impeachment plot.
The government said such unwarranted allegation by APC lawmakers was a clear exposure of the culpability of the party in the kidnapping of residents of Ekiti State, adding that; “they have betrayed their guilt by simply telling Nigerians that they want the kidnapping of Ekiti residents to continue.”
According to him; “The Fayose-led government will do everything humanly possible to protect lives and properties of Ekiti people and what is expected from genuine lovers of the State is to cooperate with security agencies, and not politicisation of every efforts of the government by the APC.”
Olayinka, who said the APC in Ekiti State was living up to its real identity as a congregation of evil minded people, asked; “Isn’t it interesting that elements like Kehinde Boluwade and Folorunso Gabriel Ogundele, who are standing trial for alleged murder are among the APC lawmakers they claimed Governor Fayose planned to kidnap?”
The statement read; “Our attention has been drawn to a reckless, wicked, insensitive and evil press statement issued on behalf of the APC lawmakers by a certain Wole Olujobi, who has been impersonating as Media Aide of the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, insinuating that the ‘stop and search’ operation ordered by the State Security Council to stem kidnapping in the state was meant to track the APC lawmakers down for kidnap.
“For the avoidance of doubt, introduction of strict security measures and check points in strategic places across the state, prohibition of the usage of tinted classes, frequent hotel checks, with a call to hoteliers to monitor their customers and offer information to security agents on any suspected person and seal up of any hotel linked to criminals were resolutions of the Ekiti State Security Council meeting that took place on Monday.
“Only wicked and evil people, whose agenda is to make Ekiti State ungovernable will kick against these measures that are aimed at securing the lives and properties of the people.’’