All Progressives Congress has raised the alarm over alleged plot by the Presidency and the Police to slam trumped-up charges against its
leaders in Ekiti State
In a statement by the State Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Segun Dipe, the party said there were strong indications that “a special squad
of top police officers from Abuja had arrived Ekiti to put APC leaders out of circulation ahead of the June 21 governorship election in the state.”
APC said the move was an outcome of a meeting held at the Ekute,
Ado-Ekiti home of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (name
The allegation followed the June 8 brawl between the Police and the
APC supporters in Ado-Ekiti which led to the death of one Taiwo
The statement said, “As a prelude, the Commissioner for Integration
and Inter-governmental Affairs, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, a lawyer, was
assaulted and whisked away to Abuja on a trumped-up charge of
shooting Taiwo Akinola, while attempting to absolve the alleged culprit,
OC Mopol Gabriel Selenkere.
“Top on the list of those to be arrested on false charges as stumbled
upon include the interim Chairman of APC, Chief Jide Awe; and the Chief
of Staff to the Governor, Yemi Adaramodu.”
Others listed are Richard Apolola (Sikira)from Ekiti South-West Local
Government, Hon Sunday Ibitoye, Niyi Adedipe, Tope Olanipekun
(Tugere) and Rotimi Olambiwonu (Mentilo) from Ado Local
Government; Otunba Femi Olanrewaju (Ijakoko) and Peter Oladosu
(Erinmoje) from Ido/Osi Local Government and Speaker of Ekiti State
House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin from Gbonyin Local
APC said PDP had also listed 12 persons for arrest from Irepodun/
Ifelodun, the local government of the PDP governorship candidate, Mr.
The party gave the list to include a member of the House of Assembly,
Olurotimi Odu; Oladipupo Ige and former Deputy Speaker, Taiwo
Olatunbosun, all from Igbemo-Ekiti; Col Babatunde Oluwayose and
Kayode Akinyemi from Afao-Ekiti, Fayose’s home town; Peter Adekunle
(Mayegun) and Ojo Olanipekun (Siron) from Are-Ekiti while Kayode Ojo,
Femi Aluko and Tayo Egunlusi from Iworoko-Ekiti are also on the list.
Caroline Egunlusi and Thomas Ajewole from Eyio/Esure are to be
seized few hours to the election.
But when contacted, the Ekiti Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor
Babayemi, said the allegation is “spurious and unfounded.”
He said, “The allegation of keeping some people out of circulation being
leveled against the police is one of many calculated attempts of
politicians to gag the police and prevent it from performing its statutory
duty and undermine the commendable work of its personnel all in the
name of politics.
“However, criminals bent on causing trouble in the state will be hunt
down and brought to justice no matter the status or political affiliation,”