Ahead of the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday urged people of the state to hold the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Kayode Fayemi, “directly responsible should the state governor, Ayo Fayose is harmed on the election day.”
PDP made the call while reacting to Fayemi’s recent claim that Fayose will be caged on the day of the election.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party charged the people of the state to, “Take note of the threat by Fayemi to practically cage Governor Fayose on election day.”
PDP saidFayemi’s threat was a, “Direct threat to his life and the peace of the state, particularly, considering the popularity of Governor Fayose and the PDP among the people.”
The statement reads, “Our investigations revealed that the statement by Fayemi that Governor Fayose will not be allowed to move around on election day is not a frivolous comment, but a product of a grand plot by agents of the APC and the Federal Government to set up the governor and open him up for harm.
“We are also privy of plots by Dr. Fayemi and the APC who, having realized that they have no chance in the election, have now designed plots to cause crises and engineer conspiracies to set up perceived political opponents, including traditional rulers, labour unions, religious leaders, interest groups and other stakeholders, with a view to intimidating the people and subverting their will at the polls.
“What Fayemi and his dysfunctional APC have failed to come to terms with is that there is no way they can intimidate the people of Ekiti state to submission. The people of Ekiti state have already made up their minds to go along with the PDP and no amount of harassment by Fayemi can change this resolve.
“We, therefore, invite all to hold Fayemi responsible should there be any breakdown of law and order or should any harm befall Governor Fayose, any traditional ruler, religious leaders, members of labour unions or any other individual of groups in the state in the course of the election.
“Finally, we also caution INEC and its observers to note the already established resolve of the people of Ekiti state to be on the side of the PDP, disentangle itself from the vicious web of the APC and ensure only a free, fair and credible election, as the people will not in any way accept any results that do not reflect their wishes and aspirations, as expressed at the ballot.”