The people of Ekiti State Tuesday defied the orders of the outgoing Governor Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party, ordering buses and taxis off the roads and urging residents in the state capital of Ado-Ekiti to stay at home and snub visiting President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari had gone to Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti state to attend the grand finale of the APC governorship candidate Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s campaign, in the election holding on Saturday 14 July between Prof. Kolapo Olubunmi Olusola-Eleka, Fayemi’s main challenger.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports has it that many residents of the state capital ignored Fayose’s orders made in a broadcast earlier in the day, and trooped out in their lager numbers to welcome the Mr President.
Fayose in abide to show that he calls the shot, had directed commercial drivers and motorcyclists to withdraw their services, until 4pm, from the roads. He also ordered that public offices and major markets in the city be closed and residents to stay indoors to slight the visiting president.
As a result of the governor’s order, all offices in the State Secretariat were on Tuesday closed. To ensure compliance, he asked the vehicle owners to park their vehicles in the Government House, where he held a counter rally.
However, NAN reports that contrary to the governor’s order, many commercial drivers came out to operate, while many market men and women also opened their shops for business.
NAN reports that normal commercial activities went on normally on Tuesday with a good number of commercial drivers and motorcyclists plying the routes. The Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, venue of the APC rally.
For several hours, taxi cabs and Okada riders picked passengers at bus stops along Ikere Road, Ilawe Road, Adebayo, Old Garage, Basiri, Old Garage, Odo Ado and Oke Ila, among others.
APC members and residents were seen in many parts of the city trooping to the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, venue of the rally, which ultimately became full before 12 noon.
Heavy security was mounted at the mega rally, which was attended by many governors and leaders of the APC
According to media report, it was not easy for people with no direct relevance to the rally to enter the Stadium, as security men frisked them.
The security was complemented by air surveillance by men of the Nigeria Police Force.