Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has alleged that the fear of the back-lash for the electoral fraud committed during the July 14 governorship election forced the Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to request for a tight security arrangement during his inauguration on October 16.
A statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications , Mr. Lere Olayinka, described the request by Fayemi as a clear indication that the reality of the electoral fraud that was perpetrated in his favour was still troubling his mind.
Fayose , who said it was funny that a man coming to assume office as governor of Ekiti State will require thousands of armed security men for his inauguration, added that; “It was this same fear of the unknown that made Fayemi to deploy police helicopters for aerial surveillance when he came to Ado Ekiti to receive his Certificate of Return from INEC.
Fayemi had made the demand for security beef up when he paid courtesy visit on the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazzau.
Fayose said that it was strange that Fayemi was seeking police protection to assume office in a state where he claimed the people voted for him.
“What is he afraid of? Shouldn’t the same people that purportedly voted for him be happy and eager to usher him to office? Fayemi is even afraid of his own party people. That’s why he goes about in bullet-proof vehicles and that is the reason he needed aerial surveillance by police helicopters just to receive his certificate of
“Obviously, a man who won an election fairly will be ushered into office by the people who voted for him while the one who got electoral victory through the help of security men will need to be guarded into office and while in office by armed policemen as being requested for
by Fayemi,” the governor added.