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By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus at the National Assembly has demanded the probe of alleged rough-handling of the incumbent governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose by the police on Wednesday.
The Caucus which made the demand after an emergency meeting in Abuja on Thursday, also congratulated the senate President, Bukola Saraki over his recent acquittal on Assess declaration charges brought against him by the federal government.
Chairman of the Caucus, Senator Godswill Akpabio who led other members while addressing journalist after the meeting, informed that the social media was yesterday agog with pictures and videos of assault of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and said that such action against a sitting governor who enjoys immunity is not acceptable to the party.
He therefore called on the Federal Government to set up a judicial Commission of inquiry to investigate thoroughly the incident involving his excellency, Governor Ayodele Fayose, adding that the caucus condemns in its entirety the treatment of a sitting governor in that manner as it violates the immunity clause.
According to Akpabio, “We received the news yesterday of 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. As a caucus, we believe that this kind of incident needs to be investigated very thoroughly.
“While 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 his excellency, Governor Ayodele 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. Another issue that bothers us is the fact that on Saturday, the election is billed to happen in Ekiti State. This for us is a litmus test for the 2019 general elections. So, we are calling on INEC and security agencies to remain impartial and ensure that every vote counts.”
The caucus also informed that it is sending a delegate to Ekiti state to see and hear from the governor himself.