The All Progressives Congress (APC) has backed the deployment of 30,000 police officers to Ekiti, stating that it is necessary to ensure peace and order during Saturday’s governorship election.
This was contained in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abudullahi, in Abuja on Thursday.
“As usual with elections, extra security deployment is routine to keep the peace for credible and transparent elections.
“With PDP’s claim in its press statement, it is obvious that its leadership does not have the facts of the actual events in Ekiti State or it is deliberately attempting to divert public attention,” the statement read.
It also described the attitude of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti on Wednesday as comical, saying it was clearly contrived to give the public impression 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.
“What is clear to every voter in Ekiti is that to vote for this professor is to hand Fayose a third term, given their horrid experience with him, they have wisely rejected them both.
“Unfortunately for him, he has no such opportunity this time, winning a free and fair election is a strange territory to him and that’s why he is looking stranded.
“It is therefore, mischievous of PDP to continue to claim that the police assaulted Fayose on Wednesday after Fayose himself has apologised to the police authorities for lying against their officers,” APC said.