Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has urged the people of the state to watch out for politically-instigated violence from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
He, however, appealed to the people of the state not to allow themselves to be drawn into needless battles by desperate politicians.
Fayose stated this in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, while interacting with newsmen after inspecting some ongoing projects on Tuesday.
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor cited the unprovoked attacks on commercial motorcyclists and passers-by by APC members when they held a rally in the town last Thursday.
“When they saw that most people boycotted their rally and many only stood by to watch their display of ignorance, they resorted to attacking innocent people.
“Their aim is to draw my supporters out for fight and they did not succeed and they won’t. We know their plans to even kill their own members and lay the blame on me and my party.
“When they were in government, Ekiti people saw how they shed innocent blood. No fewer than 12 people were killed, the last being Chief Omolafe Aderiye. They had their chance but they bungled it. Look at the huge sums of money that came to the state as allocations, excess crude oil money and yet they borrowed N31 billion commercial loans and took N25 billion bond from the capital market.
“Despite all these, they still had nothing to show for it. Their desperation to get me out of office is because they know that when we are able to complete all these projects, their shame will increase. They also know that by God’s grace, with me as the governor of Ekiti State, they can’t win the 2018 governorship election in the state.
“If they are men enough, let them wait till 2018 and for all of us to test our popularity at the poll. They have written a lot of frivolous petitions and have failed. The people of the state are solidly behind our government. Despite the paucity of funds, our administration has been able to do a lot of projects and if we have the same resources that they had, we would have turned our state to an Eldorado”, he said.