Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on the security agencies to stop further assault on Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and offer him the protection he rightfully deserves as the democratically-elected governor of the state.
The ex-president made this known on Wednesday in response to alleged blockage of the Ekiti State Government House and reported assault on Fayose by some policemen.
Jonathan, in a statement signed by his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, said, “I am appealing to the security agencies deployed in Ekiti State for the governorship election to carry out their duties according to the laws of the land by securing the state in a manner that will enable a peaceful electoral process.
“If it is true that the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, was assaulted as reported in the media, my appeal is that such should not be allowed to happen again, since the governor’s constitutional immunity guarantees that he should be given official protection to freely conduct the business of governing the state.”
Fayose and his Deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola had accused men of the Nigerian Police Force of manhandling them on Wednesday morning.
Fayose, who was weeping, said, “My people, the Lord will fight this battle. This is not the democracy we asked for. I hope they will not cause a repeat of the 1983 situation.
“Ekiti is now under siege. How can I be a governor and be treated like this? I will go to hospital and stay for a while. I am having a lot of pain.
“I bear this because of you. The International community should come to our aid.
“Ekiti is in trouble. Come and save Ekiti in this hour of her need. They said that they have institutions to kill the PDP candidate or me. The Lord will not allow them.”
Olusola, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the July 14 gubernatorial election, buttressed Fayose’s claim of being assaulted.
Olusola said Fayose was hit on the neck with the butt of a gun while he was hit on the foot and shoulder.