With the governorship election scheduled for June 21 in Ekiti state getting closer, the two major political parties: All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are squiring up for the soul of the state this week.
While the top shots in APC have already converged on Ado Ekiti, the state capital, campaigning vigorously for the peoples’ votes, the PDP, led by President Goodluck Jonathan, is scheduled to hit the same state capital tomorrow for the same purpose.
The PDP candidate, Ayo Fayose is expected to receive the Presidential blessing tomorrow even as the APC chieftains including ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar; APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, and the party’s National Chairman, Bisi Akande have blessed the candidacy of Kayode Fayemi. Fayemi is seeking a second term while Fayose is campaigning to return to the seat he vacated in 2006.
Meanwhile, the police commissioner in the state, Mr. Felix Uyanna, has said that he had deployed his men and officers to strategic locations to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
The two rallies would hold at the popular Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Uyanna, who spoke through the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Babayemi added that his men had also commenced a stop-and-search operation on all vehicles.
“The command has enough manpower to ensure that the rallies are held under a peaceful atmosphere. Once the protection of lives and property is our utmost duty, we are going to do all within our powers to curb any crisis that could lead to loss of lives.
“We have activated all the police units to be able to deal with any situation because we are not unaware of the personalities that will visit the state within the next two days. Our men from the Explosive and Ordinance Department had already commenced operation at the venue of the two rallies. They are combing everywhere as we speak.
“We are not going to limit our operations to this; we are also going to give adequate protection to all the hotels where some of these personalities will be staying. So, we are on top of the situation and we are monitoring situations very carefully.”
The police boss urged residents to go about their lawful business and to steer clear of trouble.