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APC asks ICC, NHRC to prosecute Fayose

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has urged the National Human Rights Commission and the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Holland, to prosecute Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The party accused the governor of making inciting broadcast on the state radio and television by urging his supporters into “an act of rage and violence” to attack the 19 APC lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly thus preventing the lawmakers from performing their constitutional duties.

The APC said the statement by Fayose had threatened the peace of the state in the past few days.

But the governor dismissed the call by the APC as coming from a group of people that lacked decorum.

The APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, in a statement on Tuesday, said the call to the ICC and NHRC became imperative because of the death of one person recorded in Efon Alaaye and the near collapse of the peace after the governor’s live broadcast.

Olatubosun said, “Governor Fayose few weeks ago mobilised his supporters to confront the APC lawmakers who were coming to perform their legal duties in Ekiti State. He had earlier urged his supporters to defend his election with the last the drop of their blood.

“In obedience to his order, his supporters in Efon stormed the security check-point and engaged the security agents who they perceived as paving the way for the APC lawmakers to enter the state. In the ensuing gunfire, Modupe Olaiya was shot dead.

“In response, Fayose rented a woman to pose as the mother of the deceased to claim that an APC lawmaker shot Modupe dead.

“Few days later, the real mother of the deceased showed up, raising the alarm in the media that the impersonator was a woman leader of Fayose’s party. She accused the impersonator of taking government’s inducement to implicate an innocent man.”

The party urged the rights commission and the ICC to open their books for the earlier petitions over rights abuses by the governor, saying Fayose remained the greatest security risk to peace in the state.

Fayose, who reacted through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said it was ridiculous and a thing of shame for the APC to call on the NHRC and the ICC to sanction somebody exercising the mandate freely given to him by voters.

He said, “The facts that APC leaders have sold their conscience for a pot of porridge does not mean others have done same.

“They killed Modupe Olaiya, and that was the 12th person APC people would kill in Ekiti State since when Kayode Fayemi came to office.”

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