Politician arrested over Ekiti APC rally shooting speaks
– The politician arrested for hiring the policeman who shot and wounded four people at the APC rally in Ekiti has released a statement
– The politician in his statement said he hired the officer to maintain law and order at the rally
– He claimed the rumour making rounds that he hired the officer to asssassinate people at the event wasn’t true
Tayo Adebiyi, a House of Representatives’ aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) arrested for hiring the policeman who shot and wounded four people at a rally in Ekiti, on Friday, June 1, has denied being a part of a plot to assassinate governorship aspirant, Kayode Fayemi.
Premium Times reports that the Director General of Tayo Adebiyi Campaign Organisation, David Ayeni, told journalists on Sunday, June 3, in Ado Ekiti that his principal brought the policeman in view of the rampancy of kidnapping along Efon-Iwaraja-Erinmo in recent times.
Ayeni said: “The accidental discharge that occurred during the APC Friday rally was as a result of a struggle that ensued between the mobile policeman and some unknown thugs that invaded the venue of the rally. The incident happened while he was trying to maintain law and order at the venue.”
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“There is no iota of truth in the news flying around the social media that the mobile police was hired for the purpose of assassination of the APC candidate, whom Adebiyi has been up and down promoting through political campaigns and advertisements since year 2014.”
Recall that the state chairman of the APC, Jide Awe, on Saturday, June 2, described Adebiyi as an unknown party man in Ekiti. Awe accused him of hiring the policeman to kill Fayemi and other chieftains of the party.
However, Ayeni added that Adebiyi had been one of the highest financiers of the Ekiti APC since 2014, expressing regret on why he was being denied on account of the mistake by his security guard.
Ayeni said: “My principal, Prince Adebiyi, is a peace loving chieftain of the All Progressives Congress who has been contributing immensely to the party advancement since 2014,” he said.
“He presented a campaign vehicle for the party during Fayemi’s re-election in year 2014. He had since provided a vehicle for his campaign even before he won the ticket of the party this year.
“It therefore becomes illogical and unreasonable for any Nigerian to think and hold the opinion that Adebiyi , who is a prospective candidate of APC to run as a member of House of Representatives in 2019 and a strong associate of Dr. Fayemi will conspire to bring down the party.”