The people of Ekiti state defied the orders of their governor, Ayodele Fayose who ordered for a public holiday yesterday in the state and ordered buses and taxis off the roads as well as urging residents in the state capital of Ado-Ekiti to stay at home and snub visiting President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari who was in Ado-Ekiti to attend the grand finale of All Progressives Congress candidate Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s campaign for the governorship seat, in the election set to be held on Saturday 14 July. Fayose’s deputy, had many residents of the state capital ignore Fayose’s orders made in a broadcast earlier in the day.
The governor 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, 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. 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. Market women also came to the popular Oja Oba and Bisi Markets, contrary to Fayose’s order that the markets be closed.
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.
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