Officials of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have stormed the National Assembly to protest alleged attack on Governor Ayodele Fayose by the police.
The National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus who led the members of the party’s National Working Committee to the Assembly complex were however stopped by security officials at the gate.
The protest comes a day after Governor, Ayodele Fayos of Ekiti State, broke down in tears and accused the police of beating, shooting at him, and brutalising Peoples Democratic Party supporters in the state.
“They (the police) are beating anybody who has any sign of PDP on them. They are not picking our calls; they’ve made up their minds to do this evil.
“I am in pain, I am in severe pain. I can’t turn this neck anymore. If anything happens to me, the Inspector-General of Police should be held accountable,” the governor told reporters while crying at the rally.
The governor also criticised the police for dispersing supporters of the PDP from the popular Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti where they had gathered for a rally ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
But the police have explained that they dispersed the rally to prevent potential violence between PDP supporters and those of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The protesting PDP members are seeking the intervention of the National Assembly to caution the actions of the security personnel deployed to the state.
Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressive Congress has rejected the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that policemen were drafted to Ekiti State to harass PDP supporters in Saturday’s governorship election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
The party in a statement by its spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi says extra security deployment is routine to keep the peace for credible and transparent elections.
APC said it is obvious that the main opposition party leadership does not have the facts of the actual events in Ekiti State or it is deliberately attempting to divert public attention from the comical performance put up by Governor Fayose on which was clearly contrived to give the impression to the public that he was being persecuted.
“Somehow, Fayose has contrived to make this election about himself. But it is not. The contest is between Dr. Fayemi and the Professor that has continued to hide behind Fayose’s fingers”, the party said.