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ARG's Reaction On Attack On Gov. Fayemi

By Marian Balogun
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Afenifere Renewal Group notes with deep concern and worry, the flagrant and open attack on the Governor of Ekiti State, His Excellency, Dr Kayode Fayemi, by the Mobile Police Commander in Ekiti State, at the 8th June 2014 campaign rally of the All People Congress in Ado Ekiti.

The Commander is said to hail from Bayelsa State, Dr. Jonathan's state of origin and was alleged to have boasted that "he was carrying out orders from above".

Afenifere Renewal Group had warned previously that the President has a bounded duty to all Nigerians to ensure that the elections in Ekiti State and indeed in all the Nigerian states are free and fair. Our doubts regarding his capacity for fairness however deepened when Alhaji Namadi Sambo, the Vice President, stated that his Party, the Peoples Democratic Party was going to war in the Ekiti gubernatorial election.

The Vice President's assertion has been borne out by the appalling events in Ekiti State. The Yoruba people, at home and in Diaspora are working towards a peaceful, free and fair election in Ekiti State. Yoruba people would however not allow anyone, including the suppressive and oppressive central government, whose recent attack on the media nationwide, signals the return of the worst days of the Abacha military dictatorship, to subvert their will.

We stood in collaboration with other well meaning Nigerians to see to the end of military rule in Nigeria. We will not under any circumstance allow the subjugation of any part of Yoruba land and space again. We demand free and fair elections, and we will join the good people of Ekiti State in resisting the planned subversion of their will.

Segun Balogun
Programme Officer
Afenifere Renewal Group
23, Fola Jinadu Crescent, Gbagada, Lagos.