Founder of Afe Babalola University and prominent indigene of Ekiti State, Chief Afe Babalola, has told the 19 lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in his state that he will ensure no one arrests them if they come for the peace parley scheduled for Thursday (today).
The lawmakers had late on Wednesday said they will shun the peace meeting because information available to them indicated they would be arrested.
They alleged that Governor Ayo Fayose was overheard saying arrangements had been concluded for their arrest and detention till June 1.
But Babalola told the lawmakers, led by former Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin, that they have nothing to fear.
He said he was in a meeting the the heads of the Police and the Department of State Services when he received a text message from Omirin expressing the fear they would be arrested and their decision to boycott the meeting.
He said in a statement in the wee hours of Thursday: “I have just read message sent to SSS by you to the effect that you heard that Governor Ayodele Fayose and his people are celebrating and that you and your people would be arrested even before getting to me tomorrow for the peace meeting. Consequently, you advised your people to cancel the meeting.
“Incidentally, the text message came when I was holding a meeting with the Commissioner of Police who had come all the way from Abuja to ensure that the peace meeting runs successfully.
“The Commissioner of Police and the SSS assured you in clear and unambiguous term that such allegation is not only untrue but totally unfounded.
“They even assured that they have put in place over 200 policemen to accompany you and your men to and fro Ado Ekiti.
“They also assured you that the power of arrest rests solely with the police and that they undertake not to arrest you.
“I have also undertaken to accompany the police to see you off the state after the meeting.
“I still hope that you would have a rethink and come for the peace meeting to which I have invited eminent Ekiti citizens from far and wide.”