The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has slammed Governor Ayo Fayose for his outburst over the search of the Akwa Ibom State Government House by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
In its reaction to Fayose’s advertorials on the issue, the party maintained that the constitution provided no immunity for any Government House.
It said only embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic missions enjoy diplomatic immunity.
In a statement, yesterday, APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said that the DSS operatives acted in the nation’s interest.
“Let us educate Fayose that a Government House is not the same as an embassy or foreign mission that enjoy physical immunity from security activities by local armed forces.
“While a governor enjoys immunity from physical and body security search, the same cannot be said of the Government House because no law in the constitution says the Government House should be a breeding ground for insurrection and insurgency.
“We suspect Fayose as an accomplice in the Akwa Ibom arms stockpiling saga, otherwise there is no reason for him to be edgy and agitated in his response,” the party said.
Olatunbosun berated the governor for trying to whip up public sentiment against DSS operatives, who only performed their legitimate duties to ensure the country is secure.
“No amount of blackmail would stop security agents from performing their legal duties against violent and corrupt governors.
“We know why Fayose is blackmailing DSS. Ekiti Government House is home to thugs and criminals. They were used during the last elections to attack the opponents.
“We call on DSS to be alert to its responsibilities of maintaining internal cohesion and security integrity across the country and should comb everywhere, including Aso Rock, if need be, to ensure that no one constitutes himself into a security risk.”
The party also urged the people of Ekiti “not to fall for Fayose’s attempt to use them as cannon fodder to preserve his illegal activities in government”.
“Fayose has kept all his children abroad while he incites and distributes weapons to the children of the poor to fight to defend his illegalities.
“Fayose cannot survive in a society where the law works, that is why he keeps armed criminals permanently in the Government House for use to keep himself in power without opposition.
“The Akwa Ibom example has put the governor on edge and so he is trying whatever he can to discredit the DSS and pre-empt the security agency from interrogating his illegal activities,” Olatunbosun said.