Afenifere Chieftain and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Prince Dayo Adeyeye has called for stiffer punishment for perpetrators of political violence in the State, saying; “The rate at which people are being attacked in the State by political thugs is worrisome.”
Adeyeye, who said he was worried at the spate of violence witnessed in the State in the last few months, called on Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Abubakar to direct the Ekiti State Police Command to henceforth arrest and prosecute perpetrators of political violence, no matter their status.
The Director General of Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement (PAAM), Hon. Bisi Kolawole said in a statement issued today that; “if perpetrators of the recent political violence in the State are not made to face the full wrath of the law, only God knows what will happen when activities towards the 2014 governorship election begin.”
He said it was important for the police and other security agencies in the State to save Ekiti people from the State Government thugs that are daily attacking and disrupting activities of those perceived to be opposed to the second term ambition of the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi.
The governorship aspirant, who condemned the last week mayhem in which three persons were shot in Iyin-Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government area of Ekiti State and the attack on supporters of Hon Michael Opeyemi Bamidele supporters who were pasting posters in Ise-Ekiti last Saturday,
said; “what happened could have been averted if those who perpetrated violence in the past had been made to face the law.
“It is on record that Governor Fayemi’s Special Assistant on Internal Security, Deji Adesokan had led violent attacks on PDP supporters and supporters of the Hon Bamidele faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) with the police looking the other way.
“Even a court in Ado-Ekiti had awarded N1 million damages against Adesokan in a case of assault against an Ado-Ekiti Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) official, Mr. Idowu Brown.
“Therefore, if political violence must stop in Ekiti, police must punish perpetrators, irrespective of their status and positions in government,” he said.