- Following an alleged plot to overthrow the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took to the streets Thursday,30th June to protest.
PDP members came out their numbers in Ado-Ekiti headquarters of Ado/Osi local government to the support of Governor Ayo Fayose, reports The Nation. According to the protesters, any attempt by the federal government to unseat Governor Fayose will not be tolerated. They condemned alleged plot by the government to “hide under the pretext of an investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to remove the governor.”
Some of their placards read: “Stop harassing Fayose”; “Fayose remains blameless”; “Fayose must complete his tenure” and “Peace must remain in Ekiti.” Speaking at the rally, a PDP leader, Adeola Ogunrinade said, the protest was organized to drum up support for Fayose, which he described as the “leader of opposition in Nigeria.” He
said : “The people came out in the last election to vote for Governor Ayodele Fayose because he did well in his first coming. Although they truncated his tenure, we won’t allow that this time. “Any of the lawmakers in the House of Assembly who works against the governor is working against the state interest and we won’t hesitate to recall the person.”
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“They are in the Assembly on the goodwill of the governor. So any act of betrayal will be taken as a coup against our mutual interest.”
The former PDP chairman, Faleye Idowu said, each movement to overthrow Fayose would be resisted. Faleye said:
“We are ready to resist any attempt to hijack power from Governor Fayose through the backdoor with the last drop of our blood. We educated our people and they know the truth. We will continue to expose the lies and machinations of the federal government against Fayose.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, 20th June, froze two personal accounts of the state Governor and one belonging to his business, Spotless Investments,in the course of its investigations into N4.7billion governor allegedly received from the office of the National Security Adviser during his election campaign, 2014. Fayose has since denied receiving the money, saying it was Zenith Bank that majorly funded his campaign.