The build up to the Ekiti governorship election slated for July 14, is already heated up even with about three days to the exercise. Policemen deployed for the election on Wednesday, engaged members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, including Governor Ayo Fayose, who had planned a rally for Ado-Ekiti as teargas canisters were shot in the violence that ensued.
The rally tagged ‘Victory Walk’, was scheduled to commence from the Kolapo Eleka campaign office in Ado-Ekiti but the event could not hold as scheduled because of what Governor Fayose described as a deliberate effort by the police to disrupt it. The Governor alleged that he was teargassed by the policemen who had blocked the access road to the Government House where they had moved the rally to, when he approached them on why they were denying the PDP supporters access into the venue.
The Governor who was later seen addressing his supporters at the rally appearing in cervical collar, said one of the policemen allegedly slapped and shouted at him. He told his supporters to be strong and be of great courage as he alleged that the security men had come to occupy their land and called on the international community to intervene in the matter.
But the Nigeria Police have denied attacking the Governor but admitted stopping the rally planned by the PDP. The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operations, Habila Joshak, who spoke to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, said the police barricaded and stopped the planned rally for security reasons.