Nigerians are reacting angrily to the undue heavy security deployment in Ekiti State for Saturday’s governorship election.
Across various social media, Nigerians vented their anger at the heavy presence of soldiers, policemen and civil defence in the small state.
They said it was a desperate dress rehearsal by President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 elections, in which he hopes to run for a second term.
The situation left many parts of Nigeria unsecured as Fulani herdsmen and armed bandits attacked some villages in Benue and Sokoto states, leaving many seas
In fact, watchers of developments in the state were shocked at the release of a video of Governor Ayodele Fayose weeping and alleging that he was manhandled by policemen who dispersed a Peoples Democratic Party rally in the state capital, Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday.
Mobile policeman shot heavily into the air in front of House, Ado Ekiti after dispersing the rally, confirming allegations of desperation by the All Progressives Congress to win the election.
The two frontliners are Prof. Olusola Eleka (PDP) and Dr. Kayode Fayemi (APC)..
Also shocking to Nigerians us the presence of Governors Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.m in the state.
Also, a former South-East governor is believed to be in the state for reasons connected to the poll.
Political watchers are wondering as to why governors would leave their states to another over an election.
Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump has dispatched the American Consul General in Nigeria, John Bray, and some diplomats to the state to monitor the election.
Bray met with Fayose on Friday and expressed hope that the process would be credible, free and fair.
Eleka and Fayemi shunned a televised debate for governorship candidates in the state capital on Friday.