The All Progressives Congress (APC), Ekiti State chapter has petitioned
the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Director General, State Security
Service (SSS), over the wanton destruction of the campaign billboard of
its governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi in Oye Ekiti on the orders of
Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Supporters of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday in Oye
Ekiti, headquarters of Oye Local Government Area, descended on a huge
campaign billboard of APC candidate, Dr Fayemi at St Augustine Secondary
School and destroyed it, while being cheered by other members of the
The APC in a petition to the Police IG and DG DSS and dated May 23rd,
2018, accused Governor Fayose of being the mastermind of the attack on the
bill board. It also called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of
those involved in the destruction of the bill board.
The party, in the petition signed by its State Secretary, Mr Paul
Omotosho, alleged that the APC and its supporters had been under various
forms of attacks by Governor Fayose’s goons since he became governor of
the state on October 16, 2014.
It said Wednesday’s attack on the APC candidate’s bill board was carried
out by Chairman Oye Local Government Council, Mr Alonge Sunday; Oye Local
Government PDP Chairman, Mr Sunday Ojo; and the Councillor for Oye Ward
II, Odeyemi, among others, acting on Fayose’s order.
“Our party members in Oye Ekiti who witnessed the incident yesterday
informed us that Governor Fayose who led the campaign team of his deputy
and the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, Prof Olusola Eleka to Oye LGA,
directed the local government chairman, Mr Alonge Sunday; Oye LG PDP
Chairman, Mr Sunday Ojo; Oye ward 1 Chairman, Ogundele Abiodun; and one
Odeyemi who is councillor for Oye Ward II, to destroy Dr Fayemi’s
billboard which was erected in front of St Augustine Secondary School, Oye
Ekiti, close to the junction towards Isan.
“The above-mentioned PDP officials promptly carried out the Governor’s
directive by supervising the destruction of the billboard. It is
unfortunate that this barbaric act was carried out in the presence of
policemen who could not make any arrest.
“We wish to inform you that we have written several petitions to your
office since 2014 till now about various acts of violence of Governor
Ayodele Fayose against our members before, during and after elections. It
is the character of Governor Fayose to destroy billboards of opposition
candidates, sponsor attacks on them and drive many of them out of town so
that he would have a field day on election day. This is what he has
“We therefore call on you to use your good offices to bring the
above-mentioned persons to book so that we will have a peaceful election
on July 14.
“If this act of violence is not nipped in the bud, it can lead to a
breakdown of law and order in the state.”, the statement added.
The video clips showing the wanton destruction of the billboard, which is
currently trending on social media, was also attached to the petitions
which have been forwarded to the IG, the DG DSS, Ekiti State Commissioner
of Police and State Director of SS.