Members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have stormed the National Assembly, protesting over the alleged attack by the men of the Nigeria Police Force on the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
The crowd was led to the complex of the National Assembly by the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus on Thursday; they were however stopped by security officials at the entrance of the gate.
The protest had come after the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, broke down on Wednesday accusing policemen of beating, shooting at him, and brutalising Peoples Democratic Party supporters in the state.
“They (the police) are beating anybody who has any sign of PDP on them. They are not picking our calls; they’ve made up their minds to do this evil. I am in pain, I am in severe pain. I can’t turn this neck anymore. If anything happens to me, the Inspector-General of Police should be held accountable,” the Governor had said while crying at the rally.
Fayose had also criticised the police for dispersing supporters of the PDP from the popular Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti where they had gathered for a rally ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
The Police however explained that the action was carried out to prevent a potential violence between supporters of the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC). The police revealed that both parties had applied rallies on the same day at the same venue and it couldn’t allow such to happen in order to maintain peace and order in the state.
Videos had surfaced all over the media showing dispersing crowds being chased by policemen and teargas being freely used on the dispersing crowd. The Deputy Governor and PDP governorship Candidate in the state Mr. Elekha also alleged being man-handled by the police. The Police has denied the accusations asking both Fayose and his Deputy to provide Video evidence.
However, the protesting PDP members are seeking the intervention of the National Assembly to caution the actions of the security personnel deployed to the state.