APPEAL JUDGMENT: ACN PLANS MEDIA SIEGE ON EKITI
With the Appeal Court, Ilorin yet to give date for the judgment on the
appeal filed against the Ekiti State Rerun Governorship Election
Petitions Tribunal Judgement of May 5, 2010, by the Action Congress of
Nigeria (ACN), a group has alleged that the ACN has launched an
operation code-named; “Operation Media Siege” on Ekiti State.
The group, Ekiti Frontiers (TEF), said that the motive of this
operation is to create a global impression that the Governor Segun
Oni-led government in the State is not acceptable, not popular and
that the State would be enveloped by widespread jubilation if the ACN
candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi is declared winner by the Appeal Court.
A statement issued by its President, Chief Olu Adebowale alleged that
the idea of the operation Media Siege was muted by former Lagos State
Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, acting on a purported advice from one
of the members of the Appeal Panel in a meeting held in London last
Tinubu, in a meeting with some members of his think-tank, including a
notable editor of one of the “new generation newspapers,” two
senatorial aspirants and a top traditional ruler from Ekiti State,
claimed that a member of the panel that he met with in London was not
too committal about “assisting” the ACN in the Appeal case.
He said the judge insisted that the ACN should rather win Ekiti State
in the next elections “since they claim to be the most popular party
in the State instead of cutting corners.”
The response of the judge was said to have jolted Tinubu, who believed
that it should be a payback time from the judge, whom he had rendered
monumental favours for in the past.
“Consequent upon the uncooperative attitude of the judge, it was then
resolved at the Lagos meeting that the Oni-led government must be
run-down on both print and electronic media so as to give the
impression that the government is totally unpopular and unacceptable
to the people.
“It was further resolved that student unions bodies and other
miscreants should be mobilized to stage series of violent protests
against the government, using the now resolved issue of tuition fees
increment in the State owned University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD) and the
transfer of students of the defunct University of Education,
Ikere-Ekiti to UNAD as justifications.
“Also to be used to incite the people is the policy being introduced
by the government to shore-up the State's Internally Generated Revenue
(IGR), especially tenement rates and signage levies.
“Fake documents are also to be procured on government's financial
transactions with a view to using the documents to sponsor stories on
allegations of fraud against the State Government in some selected
newspapers and magazines.
“Furthermore, major government projects like water pipelines, Power
Holding of Company Nigeria (PHCN) installations and newly constructed
roads are also to be sabotaged to sustain the claim that the
government has not done anything,” the group alleged.