Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission over alleged attack on its supporters the state by Governor Ayo Fayose and his loyalists.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, while receiving a copy of the petition in Abuja on Friday, expressed shock over the weighty allegations levelled against the governor by the APC.
It was learnt that copies of the petition with accompanying photographs, newspapers clips and tape were sent to the European Commission, United States Embassy in Nigeria, British High Commission, French Embassy, the US Secretary of States and the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
It was also sent to the Nigerian Bar Association, a former Secretary to the Commonwealth of Nations, Emeka Anyaoku, a former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, the Yoruba Council of Elders and Egbe Igbimo Ure Ekiti.
The party alleged that violence-free elections could not be guaranteed in the state if the attacks by Gov. Fayose on the opposition was not checked.
The APC added that Fayose’s activities were undermining the peace pact recently signed by all presidential candidates in the forthcoming polls.
The APC secretary in the state, Mr. Omotosho Ayodele, while submitting the petition, said, “We are here over the present political situation in Ekiti State. We are busy praying for peace, but what we have in Ekiti State is a clear departure from that.
“As the NHRC is clamouring for violence-free polls, we are aware of the determination of the commission to bring the perpetrators of violence in the polls to book.
“Unfortunately, the person who is supposed to be the Chief Security Officer in Ekiti State is the person unleashing this violence in the state. Fayose’s thugs are always on the streets macheting people, scaring people, vehicles are being damaged, houses damaged in spite of various petitions to the police, nothing has been done”.
In his response, Angwe assured that the allegations would be investigated, but warned that the petitioner must be ready to face the consequences if its allegations were proven to be false.