Governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose has said he was placed under ‘house arrest’ and stopped from attending the national convention of his party – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on Wednesday.
According to him, security operatives blocked the gate to the old Presidential lodge in Rivers state Government House, Port Harcourt where he lodged. Thus, stopping him from attending the convention.
In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Leye Olayinka, the governor described the alleged action of the security aides as a clear case of “house of arrest” as all appeals to the security personnel at the gate to allow the governor go out to attend the convention were ignored.
Governor Ayo Fayose decried the ugly incidence which hindered him from attending the PDP convention which eventually held at the state secretariat of the party after security agencies had sealed off the initial venue.
However, when the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Francis Odesanya, was contacted for comments on the issue, he said it was not true:
“That cant be true! It is not to my knowledge. How did the other Excellencies (governors) go out of their lodges,” he queried.
Despite the Nigerian Police sealing off the venue of the planned National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, citing the ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday barring it from holding the convention, the party says this action did not stop it from holding the exercise.
As it moved to its secretariat in Port Harcourt, held the convention and announced the extension of the Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee by one year at the end of the exercise.