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Fayose meets Ewi over harassment, withdrawal of security



The Ekiti State Governor , Ayodele Fayose , on Tuesday made his first public appearance since his party, the Peoples Democratic Party , lost the Saturday ’ s governorship election .
Fayose , who went to the palace of the Ewi of Ado – Ekiti , Oba Rufus Adejugbe , the Aladesanmi III, was mobbed by the people in areas such as Okesa, Oja Bisi , Oja oba , Irona and Oke Oriomi .

At the palace of the Ewi , the governor said it was unfortunate that he and his supporters were still being hounded after the election had come and gone.

He said , “ I have come to officially tell you , sir , as the Paramount Ruler of Ado – Ekiti , the state capital, that the Government House was invaded by the police . As we speak , over 300 innocent people are in detention . Since the day of the election , I have not been able to come out . My security aides have been withdrawn , continuously I have been harassed . It is dark hours in our history .

“ After the poll on Saturday , my wife was prevented from entering the Government House for about 45 minutes . Since last Wednesday , security agents had laid siege to the Government House , and were subjecting people to untold hardship coming in or going out .

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“ The poll has come and gone irrespective of what we went through . The constitution says I am still the governor till October 16 this year . Our state radio and television stations have been shut down. And there has been no means of getting across to our people .

“ It was only this morning that security agents at the entrance of the Government House were withdrawn . If we have been robbed , I still have a right to life and my family has a right to life too. ”

Fayose lamented that his security aides had not been restored while the governor -elect , Dr . Kayode Fayemi , had a retinue of security aides around him .

“ The man that won has three units of the police protecting him . All my security men have been withdrawn since last Wednesday . I am only left with just a few .

“ Harassing me is not in the interest of democracy . People must intervene before things go out of hand . I don’ t know why we should be in this situation in 2018 , ” he said .

Oba Adejugbe , in his reply , thanked God that nobody died during the poll .

“ As if we knew, monarchs arranged many meetings before the election and pleaded with everybody that before , during and after the poll , we don’ t want any trouble . We said then that whoever wins , there should be no problem . The way I see you , I know something is happening . You rarely wear this type of dress in the palace .

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“ I will convey your message to the Oloye of Oye- Ekiti , who is the Chairman of the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers and we spoke this morning and we were worried about your whereabouts. ”

Oba Adejugbe appealed to security agencies to restore the governor ’ s security aides .

“ As Ekiti leaders , we will intervene . You, Fayemi and Eleka ( Prof . Kolapo Olusola ) are our sons . Peace must be allowed to reign . We need peace in our state , ” he said .

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