The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti state on Wednesday vowed to drag the state governor, Ayodele Fayose to court for the detention of their seven members for three and half years over alleged complicity in the murder of the ex-chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ekiti State, Chief Omolafe Aderiye. Aderiye, who was a close ally of Fayose was killed on September 25, 2014 by unknown gunmen in front of his office in Ado Ekiti and seven suspects who are members of the APC were arrested and prosecuted for alleged murder.
But the seven men including the coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Chief Niyi Adedipe, Chief Rotimi Olabiwonnu, Adebayo Aderiye, Sola Durodola, Kayode Ajayi, Oso Farotimi, Sola Adenijo and Rotimi Olanbiwonnu were discharged and acquitted on Monday by Justice Lekan Ogunmoye of an Ado Ekiti High court. The acting chairman of APC, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, said the party would go to court to challenge the “unlawful arrest, imprisonment and prosecution of their members for political reason”.
Addressing a crowd of supporters and party members at Ijigbo junction, Olaleye said: “God has vindicated them and the judgement shows that the country’s judiciary is independent and we expect them to do more against Governor Fayose, because he is committing a lot of evils. “We learnt that he has been bragging that he would re-arrest them, we dare him to do so, because we will go to court to seek redress on this gross abuse of our members’ rights.”
She, however, asked the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to reinvestigate the cause of Aderiye’s death, describing Aderiye as an illustrious son of the state saying the cause of his death must be known. The party issued seven-day ultimatum to Governor Fayose to release Sola Adenijo, who was rearrested for another offence immediately they were set free by court, saying, “We won’t allow our members to be detained while we watch helplessly again”.
To prevent a breakdown of law and order following pronouncement on a state radio that the people should boycott the rally under the guise that the proponents were political hoodlums, the commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abdullahi Chafe , deployed heavy security along Okeyinmi-Ajilosun –Akure road.