The Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged the National Human Rights Commission and International Criminal Court in The Hague, Holland, to prosecute the State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
The party accused the governor of making inciting broadcast on the state radio and television by urging his supporters into “an act of rage and violence” by attacking the 19 APC lawmakers and prevent them from performing their constitutional duties.
It stated that the statement had threatened the peace of the state in the last few days.
But the governor said the call by the opposition party in the state was coming from a group of people lacking decorum and who were not ashamed of their evil deeds.
The APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, in a statement on Tuesday, said the call to the ICC and NHRC became imperative because of one death recorded in Efon Alaaye and near breakdown of law and order after the Governor’s live broadcast.
“Governor Fayose, a few weeks ago, mobilised his supporters to confront the APC lawmakers who were coming to perform their legal duties in Ekiti State. He had earlier urged his supporters to defend his election with the last drop of their blood.
“In obedience to his order, his supporters in Efon stormed the security check-point and engaged the security agents who they perceived as paving the way for the APC lawmakers to enter the state. In the ensuing gunfire, Modupe Olaiya was shot dead.
“In response, Fayose rented a woman to pose as the mother of the deceased to claim that an APC lawmaker shot Modupe dead.
“Few days later, the real mother of the deceased showed up, raising the alarm in the media that the impersonator was a woman leader of Fayose’s party. She accused the impersonator of taking government’s inducement to implicate an innocent man”, Olatubosun explained.
The party urged the NHRC and ICC to open their books for the earlier petitions over rights abuses by the governor, saying he remained the greatest security risk to peace that is essential for the sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy.
In his reaction, Fayose said it was ridiculous and a thing of shame for the APC to call on NHRC and the ICC to sanction somebody exercising the mandate freely given to him by voters and the voters resolving on their own to defend the mandate.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor said “The fact that APC leaders have sold their conscience for a pot of porridge does not mean others have done same. They killed Modupe Olaya, and that was the 12th person APC people would kill in Ekiti State since when Kayode Fayemi came to office.
“Barely 24 hours in office, Fayemi and the APC leaders killed Chief Awolumate and went on to kill nine more persons including Ayo Jeje, Rebecca Adewumi, Foluso Ogundare, Omolafe Aderiye and now Olaya.
“Then, who should be dragged before the rights commission and the ICC? A group of killers or somebody enjoying the support of voters who are ready to defend his mandate?.
“It is APC leaders and their killers that should be ready to face the wrath of the law, the wrath of the people and the wrath of God in the end”, he said.