Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has raised alarm that the state is under seige by security operatives who have instructions to kill him ahead of the July 14 gubernatorial election.
The governor appeared at the rally of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) moments after the party claimed that he was attacked by security operatives who allegedly shot a teargas canister at him and took over his office at the Ekiti State Government House in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
The governor’s aide, Lere Olayinka, later took to his Twitter account (@OlayinkaLere) to disclose that the governor received treatment at the Government House clinic after he was hit by a teargas canister fired by policemen.
When he reappeared to party supporters, the governor was sporting a neck brace alongside a sling that was tied around the wrist of his left hand as he sounded weary in his speech.
The governor alleged that police officers have instructions to kill him or the party’s candidate in order to influence the state’s election.
He called on the international community to come to the aid of the state which he said is under seige.
He said, “My people, the Lord will fight this battle. The Nigerian Police and the AIG ordered that the governor should be killed. I was slapped by a policeman who kicked me and shot at me, but I want you all to be strong and be of great courage. Do not be dismayed.
“This battle must be won. This is army of occupation. They have come to occupy our land. This is not the democracy we asked for. I want you to stand and remain standing. Don’t be afraid. Remain and face them.
“I pray that they’ll not cause 1983 problem in Ekiti. I call on the international community, Ekiti is under seige. The PDP men are being arrested every day. How can I be a governor of Ekiti State and be treated like this in our own country? My people, I call on all of you, stand and keep standing. Stand for justice. Stand for this election. Stand with Eleka and stand with PDP. By the grace of God, you will celebrate.
“They said they have instructions to kill me or the candidate of the party. They said they have the results already they’re going to announce on Saturday. The Lord will not allow them.”