By Yakubu Jimoh Recently on my Facebook wall, I asked…
The true version of what happened in Ekiti state yesterday is yet to be clear but this is what the 2 major parties in the violence are saying:
Governor Ayo Fayose claims the police stopped the planned rally of the PDP and this is what he had to say:
“..they used the butt of the gun to hit my neck and kicked the balls of my deputy governor and the candidate of the party.
“The secretariat was locked down, they stole all his posters and for me to explain, they started shooting sporadically and shot into the government house and shot tear gas at the people. So many people were wounded.
“If this is the democracy we’re looking for in 2019. There is danger ahead. I’m having severe pains. If anything happens to me, the police must be held responsible.”
Breaking News! Ekiti 2018: Nigeria’s Democracy is seriously under siege. @GovAyoFayose teargassed, beaten by men of @PoliceNG in Ekiti State this morning.The Deputy Governor and Candidate of @OfficialPDPNig, Prof. Eleka was also beaten. @UN @USEmbassyAbuja @UKParliament @POTUS pic.twitter.com/sHN7NrNizB
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) July 11, 2018
The police in their own reaction which was given by Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Habila Joshak said:
“We are not here to usurp the authority of Governor Fayose. We are not here to rubbish him because he represents the people.
“But we are not going to allow any unauthorized rally that can trigger violence in the state. You can see that the state is tensed up.
“As a law enforcement agency, we must be proactive and take actions that can prevent crisis rather than trying to quell it after it might have broken out.”
As the initial video shows, there was violence in Ekiti yesterday and it was bad for the development and advancement of democracy in Nigeria.