The Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi at the weekend reaffirmed his party’s position that the Segun Oni-led administration runs a killer squad.
But the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr Odunayo Ategbero, challenged Fayemi and other opposition figures to come forward with any concrete proof of the existence of such a squad.
Fayemi, who spoke with reporters at the weekend in Ijero-Ekiti, predicated his allegation on several anonymous calls that he had been receiving on his mobile phones. The callers, he said, threatened to kill him if he failed to drop his bid to challenge the result of the last governorship election at the tribunal.
The AC standard bearer added that many of his aides and supporters were being harassed every day over their unflinching support for his governorship ambition. He said the arrest of Governor Segun Oni’s younger brother alongside others with sub-machine guns was a convincing evidence of the existence of a government-sponsored killer-squad.
Fayemi also lambasted the governor for accusing him of making the governance of the state difficult over his (Fayemi) loss of the governorship election.
Fayemi, who berated Oni for linking him to all his travails, wondered whether he was the one that sent police to intercept the government car in which his (Oni’s) younger brother and some aides were travelling with which had guns in it.
“You can see that this government is in confusion , it blames everybody for its woes. It is better they realise that the bad seed they had sown has begun to haunt them; that is why they always run into trouble and when this happens , they blame Fayemi or the opposition.
“They have seen the handwriting on the wall that their days in office are numbered. That is why they are venting their anger those fighting to infuse sanity in the state.
“If the Governor has no skeleton in his cupboard, he is supposed to have come out and deny the person that claimed he was his brother and state why some of his close associates were travelling with guns , when the Governor himself was not present,” Fayemi said.
Ategbero accused Fayemi and his campaign organisation of allegedly “hiding under political activism to concoct so much lies”, warning the peddlers of the story of the killer-squad to “produce the evidence or shut up forever”.
Ategbero also described the allegation that those involved in the alleged Osun State robbery saga were sighted at Afao-Ekiti before they left for Ibadan to locate their target as “irresponsible, spurious and unfounded allegation that cannot be substantiated”.
He said it was the continuation of the propaganda being mounted by former Governor Ayo Fayose and the AC, which, he alleged, was meant to destabilise the state.
Accusing the opposition of politicising the killing of the government driver and a student of the College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Ategbero noted that they ought to have joined the state government in condemning the killings and sympathising with the beareaved families.