The Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, of sewing fake Police uniform for thugs to use them to rig the forthcoming general elections.
To achieve the plan, the opposition party said thugs in police uniforms would be unleashed on its members to prevent them from mobilizing voters, which will create fear in the minds of APC members to enable the ruling Peoples Democratic Party have a field day during the elections.
The APC also raised the alarm over alleged plan by the governor to arrest the party leaders on trumped up charges before the March 28 presidential election.
A statement by the Ekiti APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said “After it became clear that soldiers would not be allowed to be deployed for the polls, PDP leaders in Ekiti State have opted for the police. They have discovered that the fake army uniforms they sewed would be useless and they have started sewing police uniforms for their operation”.
He claimed that the young men in six 18-seater buses allegedly brought into the state at night about three weeks ago with military uniforms in their luggage, were still the same personnel the governor and PDP wanted to use for the operation.
In a counter-response, Fayose’s Special Assistant on Information, Lanre Ogunsuyi, said the allegation was unfounded.
“The APC is already conceding defeat before the elections proper. All their tricks are falling apart.
“The allegation is preposterous. Nothing is working in their favour that is why they are concocting all these lies”, he added.
Olatunbosun warned that the APC would use all legal means, including civil actions, to defend their votes against any invaders on Election Day.
“We want to send a strong warning to Fayose that it is not going to be business as usual this time around. He did his worst during the last governorship election when the Nigerian Army personnel deployed to Ekiti State helped him to supervise election rigging.
“Details of the criminal conspiracy are being heard around the world over that despicable act. We have learnt our lessons and he should be told that APC members are prepared for the worst of his plans.
“We will never get ourselves involved in criminalities but we will defend our votes by all means, legal and civil. Let Fayose know that as he is planning for his rigging, we are also planning to defend our votes. If he believes he can’t survive without bending the law, we will show him that upholding the law by defending our votes remains the only way to make democracy work”, he said.
Olatunbosun also urged the police authorities not to be compromised, saying that taking sides in a political contest was a recipe for the breakdown of law and order.