The Ekiti State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has warned the 16 Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stay away from the state during the June 21 governorship election.
The party, which, assured that the people of the state will resist any attempts to rig the election, also raised the alarm over alleged plot by the APC to deploy fake security personnel to rig the election.
The PDP also accused the ruling party in the state of importing thugs into the state from the South West and South South states.
To perfect the plot, the PDP alleged that the 16 APC governors will be deployed across the 16 Local Governments in the state in order to use their security details as cover to perpetrate their agenda.
Speaking with reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, the Minister-Designate from Ekiti, Segun Adeyeye, said the thugs that will be used for the plot were already scattered across the state while some were lodged in the government house.
He said, “A lot of these guys are going to disguise as policemen and military men. Uniforms have already been sewn”.
But the state APC has described the allegation by its main rival as “reversed psychology”.
The State Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Segun Dipe, said the allegation represented what the PDP was planning.
He said, “We know that Fayose cannot win election without using thugs. We are aware that they have started bringing in thugs in trickles. Fayemi is not known among thugs but among the enlightened people of Ekiti State and human rights community, and those people hate thugs.
“They are trying to draw the attention of security agents away from their evils. Fayemi will not soil his name because of election. We want to assure you that thugs will not have a place in the election, it is going to be one man, one vote”.
The minister designate, who urged the security agencies to storm the government house to ransack the place, also accused the APC of printing fake ballot papers that will be used at fake polling units in the state.
Besides, Adeyeye accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of not doing enough to plug all loopholes for electoral fraud.
“We are not satisfied with their body language neither are we satisfied by the conduct of the police. We don’t want strange people coming here. We also have governors, we see no reasons why APC will want to invade here with their governors.
“We have it on good authority that government has purchased cutlasses and distributed to them already.
“As we speak we don’t have confidence in law enforcement agencies. The government house is used to shield criminals. The police have been widely fair to them. They have been unduly protective of them. But we will not resort to self-help. We will continue to trust on their (Police) ability to do the job”, the PDP chieftain said.