The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, July 12, are focused on the upcoming Ekiti state gubernatorial election and President Muhammadu Buhari’s reaction as bandits killed about 32 persons in Sokoto state.
This Days reports that President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday appealed to Nigerians to be patient with him over the protracted killings ravaging different parts of the country, saying his security team was racking its brain on how to end the violence.
The president made the appeal in reaction to the killing of over 32 people in Gandi, Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State by bandits on Monday.
Vanguard reports that the campaign for Saturday’s governorship elections in Ekiti state took a dramatic turn yesterday as security operatives who blocked the entrance to Government House, Ado-Ekiti, also fired tear-gas at the governor and his supporters.
But the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Habila Joshak, in a swift reaction, told newsmen that policemen were deployed only to abort the rally since no approval was sought for it.
The Punch report that Fayose, it was learnt, raced to the scene to prevent the policemen from disrupting the political rally and to rescue his supporters.
But the governor said rather than listen to his entreaties to allow the rally to go on, he was attacked by the riot-policemen, who allegedly fired canisters of tear gas at him.
The governor also claimed he was hit with a gun by one of the mobile policemen.
The Guardian reports that the PDP described the incident as an assassination plot.
Addressing journalists at its secretariat in Abuja, National Chairman Uche Secondus said: “This morning, in its desperation to forcibly take over Ekiti state, the APC-led federal government deployed armed police personnel led by one Compol Mopol Echel Echel, who blocked the Ekiti State Government House, attacked and placed the democratically elected governor of Ekiti state, Governor Ayodele Fayose, under house arrest. At the moment, no one goes in or out of the Government House.
“This, we have been informed, is part of the ‘order from above’, in line with the earlier boast by the Buhari-led APC, to ‘cage’ Governor Fayose ahead of the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship election, so as to grant their agents a field day to rig the election.”