The office of the Inspector General of Police as received not less than 102 petitions against the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, investigations by one of our correspondents have revealed.
The petitions were said to have been written by those alleged to have either been harassed, beaten or detained before, during, and after the last governorship election in the state.
It was gathered that the police is set to invite the governor’s loyalists who were either in the employment of the state or in other positions when they partook in the acts stated in the petitions.
A special police team, led by one CSP Ndah, was said to have led the investigating team that investigated some of the cases.
During the tenure of the last Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, the police was set to arrest some of the governor’s aides, but Fayose was said to have raised the alarm, alleging that the police were coming to raid the state and his personal house.
The majority of the petitions were said to have originated from the members of the All Progressives Congress in the state.
The chairman of the APC in the state, Mr. Jide Awe, one of our correspondents learnt, was said to have coordinated the writing of the petitions.
It was also gathered that the writers of the petitions were spread across the 16 local government areas of the state. Among those said to have written the petitions were one Dapo Kolawole from Ijero Local Government Area and Jide Ajayi from Irepodun Ifelodun Local Government Area, among others.
A highly-placed police source said that the time was ripe for the police to look at the petitions again following the conclusion of the army’s inquiry into roles played by its officers and men during the election.
“The police have over 102 petitions against the governor which we are investigating. Soon, we will start inviting the suspects for interrogation,” the senior police officer said.
He added, “We have the petitions already worked on by a senior police officer, who is retired now, but we are looking at them again so that it doesn’t look as if we are sweeping anything under the carpet.”
It was also gathered that divisional police officers who served in the state during the election and were used to illegally detain innocent voters had volunteered information to their superiors.
The state Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Taiwo Olatunbosun, told SUNDAY PUNCH, that he was aware of the petitions. Olatubosun said the party had written another petition against the governor over attacks on its members by thugs loyal to the PDP.
He said, “In fact, we wrote another petition two days ago to the DSS and the police based on the attack on our members. Our properties at various times had been destroyed by PDP thugs. All these allegations, among others should be investigated.”
The state chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Mr. Tunji Ogunlola, also said he was aware of petitions against the governor bordering on intimidation and harassment of the opposition by some of his aides.
He said apart from the police, he was aware of petitions by the APC to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the claims of the governor on monthly wages of workers in the state.
He said, “It is true there are countless allegations against him. He should defend all the allegations against him in the petitions.”
The state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Gboyega Oguntuase, however, said no true son of Ekiti would write a petition against a performing governor.
He said if truly there were petitions against the governor, it could only come from “his enemies in the APC.”
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, declined to make any comment when called on phone by one of our correspondents on Saturday evening.
Adelusi said he would only react if he was aware of the petitions.
“I am not reacting. I am not saying anything because I have not seen anything at all. I am educated and by the virtue of my training you have to see what you are reacting to,” Adelusi said.
It will be recalled that the APC in February this year for the third time petitioned the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), asking him to prosecute all indicted people in the June 21 Ekiti governorship election rigging scandal.
The party had written two petitions dated February 13, 2015 and November 23, 2015 on the same subject matter.
The party in another petition asked the then Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to prosecute Fayose; former Ekiti State Mopol Commander, Gabriel Selekere; and an Assistant Inspector General of Police, Bala Nasarawa for the alleged criminal manipulation of the governorship election.
Meanwhile, the EFCC