The Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of invading the State with criminals to discredit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government of Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Olayinka alleged that the attack on the Ado Ekiti Prison in the early hours of Monday, was aimed at either setting free or killing the suspected killers of former National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Chief Omolafe Aderiye, who are being remanded in the prison.
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday and made available to journalists, the governor’s aide said plans by the APC to frustrate the Fayose-led PDP government will fail, adding that; “Those willing to make Ekiti haven of criminals as they did between 2008 and 2010 should know that no one will be allowed to test the will of the government, no matter how highly placed.”
Olayinka alleged that the APC’s Plan A was to prevent Governor Fayose from assuming office on October 16, Plan B was to use the party-controlled State House of Assembly to frustrate the government and Plan C is the invasion of the State with criminals so as to discredit the government, saying; “that was the reason the party was quick to issue a statement, blaming the robbery of a first generation bank in Ifaki-Ekiti on the governor.”
The governor’s aide said; “One question the public must ask is; why was the prison attacked less than one week after Niyi Adedipe (Apase) was remanded in the prison custody?
“Could it not have been that the invaders carried out the invasion to either free Niyi Adedipe and others remanded in the prison custody in connection with the murder of Omolafe Aderiye or kill them so as to prevent the exposure of their sponsors?”
Speaking further, Olayinka said; “Ekiti people should be reminded of how criminals invaded the State between 2008 and 2010, during which several people, including the late Attah of Aiyede Ekiti, Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi and the acting Provost of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Dr. Gabriel Olowoyo were kidnapped and killed.
“It was during this period that three officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), SP Mohammed Manua, CPL Wasiu Olatubosun and CPL Simeon Obadero were murdered.
“Insecurity in Ekiti State then was used by the APC (then Action Congress of Nigeria) to discredit the Segun Oni-led PDP government, and Charles Ojo Ovie, who was the leader of the gang responsible for all these killings and kidnappings, was linked with some leaders of the APC.
“Ekiti people should therefore know who their enemies are and continue to be security conscious, bearing in mind that Governor Ayodele Fayose will do everything within his power to protect the State and its citizens.”