Ekiti State All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Dr. Kayode Fayemi has warned troublemakers enlisted to cause mayhem at Saturday’s election to leave “in their own interest.”
He vowed that any individual who plans to foment trouble and prevent eligible voters from exercising their civic rights at the poll will be arrested and made to face “the full weight of the law.”
The APC flag bearer said intelligence report has revealed that some individuals are sewing uniforms of the Department of State Services (DSS), Army and Police to be used illegally at the election.
Fayemi assured eligible voters of adequate and maximum security saying they should not exercise any fear and apprehension at the election.
Fayemi’s warning came on the heels of the alleged arrival of suspected militants from one of the Niger Delta States and other hoodlums camped in secret locations ahead of the election.
The former Minister of Mines and Steel Development said, if elected governor, he will get a moratorium of six months to clear the backlog of salaries owed workers between six and nine months.
Fayemi, who spoke at a special interview programme on Voice 89.9 FM on Saturday monitored by our reporter said Ekiti found itself in a sorry state because of “unseriousness in governance.”
The former governor said Governor Ayo Fayose has received many financial reliefs from President Muhammadu Buhari administration, adding he has no reason to be owing workers.
He listed the financial lifelines to include the first tranche of bailout cash of N4 billion, the second tranche of bailout of N8.9 billion, the Paris Club refund cash twice and the Budget Support Fund of N1.3 billion for thirteen months.
He said, he is in the race “to rescue Ekiti from its arrested development” and put an end to hardship being experienced by the people.
Warning potential troublemakers, Fayemi said: “I want to assure prospective voters that Ekiti will be safe, it will be secure, there will be maximum security for this election.
“Our people should go about their business in peace and they should not be threatened. They should not feel harassed by all we are hearing from those who don’t want free and fair electoral process.
“We are aware (of this) and every information that we get, we pass it to security agencies. I will like to advise those busybodies who have found their way into Ekiti to leave our state.
“In your interest, it is in their ultimate interest to even leave unannounced before the election because they will face very severe punishment.
“The maximum weight of the law will be brought on their head and we will kill an ant with a sledgehammer in this election. In their own interest, they should just leave Ekiti because they have no business with the election in Ekiti.
“But if you are in Ekiti legitimately you have nothing to fear. Those who are sewing DSS uniform, military uniform, police uniform, they will be shocked.
He aded: “All of them will be arrested and they will not only be arrested, they will end up being forgotten in jail. That is my advice to them.
“But for our people, our people are naturally law abiding, our people want this opportunity to exercise the rights. They don’t want to be disenfranchised.
“That is why so much noise is being made about the purported cloning and collection of PVCs, recording of VIN numbers that Fayose and his ilk are promoting.
“We will not let them subvert this process; this election will hold and it will hold freely, it will hold fairly, it will be credible, it will be transparent and result will be produced.”