OrderPaperToday – Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called on the Federal Government to set up a judicial commission of enquiry to look into an alleged case of brutality on the Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose.
On Wednesday, Fayose was reportedly teargassed by the Police in an attempt to prevent a victory walk of the party. The governor was seen strewn in neck support and weeping after the incident.
Earlier on Thursday, the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus led members in their hundreds to protest this brutalization at the National Assembly and submitted a petition to the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
The PDP Senate caucus held a meeting on the matter at the end of plenary on Thursday.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, the Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio criticised the “unfortunate incident that occurred in Ekiti State where the governor of the state was seen in collar brace, alleging that he was beaten by security agencies.”
He urged that the matter be investigated thoroughly.
He said: “We condemn any attack on a sitting governor as a total rape of the Constitution because it violates the immunity clause in the Constitution; we call on the Federal Government to immediately set up a judicial commission of enquiry to investigate the incident in the state, involving Governor Ayo Fayose, in order to ensure that we get to the root of it.
“And if the incident was found to be true, as it was shown on television, then the culprits should be brought to book. Nigerians and the international community will be excited to know.”
Speaking on the forthcoming Governorship elections billed to take place on Saturday, Akpabio appealed to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to “remain impartial and ensure that every vote counts” because the election is a “litmus test for the 2019 general elections.”