The campaign for Saturday’s governorship elections in Ekiti State took a dramatic turn yesterday as security operatives who blocked the entrance to Government House, Ado-Ekiti, also fired tear-gas at the governor and his supporters.
But the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Habila Joshak, in a swift reaction, told newsmen that policemen were deployed only to abort the rally since no approval was sought for it.
Governor Ayodele Fayose was said to have fainted and was rushed to Government House clinic where he was treated.
An eyewitness told Vanguard that trouble started when the governor came to the entrance of Government House to ask why PDP members were being dispersed from the pavilion located at Fajuyi Park, where a rally was scheduled to hold.
The governor, on getting wind of how his people were being dispersed promptly ran to the scene and asked why such action was being allegedly taken by the anti-riot policemen.
It was gathered that on getting wind of how his supporters were being dispersed by the police, the governor immediately ran to the spot, while policemen moved towards him and asked him to return to Government House.
However, a source said the policemen threatened to open fire on some of the governor’s aides who became angry about police action.
“When the governor insisted that he should be told why his people were being manhandled, he was asked to go back, but he said he demanded reason the police took the action.
“As the governor insisted, a MOPOL commander fired a tear-gas canister at him and he fell and became unconscious,’’ the source said.
The governor was also said to have sustained a neck injury, following the melee that trailed the firing of tear-gas by the police