The Nigerian Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State of plotting to disrupt the declaration rally of a member of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, scheduled for Friday.
The group alleged that Fayose’s agents plan to remove hundreds of posters and billboards already installed for this purpose.
In a statement by its Assistant General Secretary, Samuel Adenuga, the NHRC alleged there were complaints that the governor Fayose was planning to use his thugs to disrupt the rally, starting with the defacing of the billboards carrying the campaign pictures and messages of Senator Ojudu.
The statement reads: “We should be glad to see Mr Fayose prove these allegations wrong. Ahead of these reports that smack of intolerance, Mr Fayose, we were informed, has already deployed his thugs to either deface or totally remove Senator Ojudu’s billboards and burn them to ashes.
“We caution Mr Fayose to exercise restraints and tolerance, since nobody has tampered with any of the campaign materials he has either pasted or erected on the streets of Ado or its environs campaigning for his deputy, Prof. Ishola Kolapo to succeed him.
“The rules guiding campaigns recognises plurality of opinions. We have been informed that Mr Fayose is already intimidated by the campaign strategy of Senator Ojudu. We think the solution is not to deploy violence. This will be like opening another ugly chapter in the history of Ekiti, a state that has seen so much political violence and state motivated killings in the past” the statement stated.