The Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Abuja, will on Monday, January 28, 2019, deliver judgment on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governorship Candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola, challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC, flag bearer, Governor Kayode Fayemi, in the July 14, 2018 Governorship election in the State.
Towards this end, the State Police Commissioner, Asuquo Amba, has cautioned Politicians in the State, against illegal assemblies, or protests capable of igniting violence.
The PDP Candidate, who scored 178,223 votes, as against Fayemi’s 197,459 votes, is praying the Tribunal to upturn the APC’s victory, based on alleged cases of vote-buying, alteration of results, falsification, and ballot snatching.
The Police Commissioner, who said that the Command would not allow anyone to destabilise the State, under the guise of protest over the outcome of the judgment, stated that the Command’s ‘Operation Make Ekiti Safe Squad’, is on ground to tame any unlawful assembly.
Amba, represented by the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Caleb Ikechukwu, said: “This squad is a Joint Task Force, comprising the Police and other sister Agencies, with about 150 men.
“They are spread all over the State, and being overseen by the Police. So, they are on ground to stop any unlawful assembly, or stop any protest that could result in violence.
“Whoever loses at the Tribunal, still has the option of appeal; so, violence is not the best option, for it will not be tolerated”, he said.