Security operatives reportedly attacked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and some supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The operatives were reported to have dispersed PDP supporters at the venue of the party’s rally ahead of the governorship election in the state.
Party members had converged on the popular Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti before gunshots were reportedly fired into the air.
Afterwards, Fayose attempted to lead the supporters back to the park but the move was thwarted by security operatives who reportedly fired gunshots into the air again and tear gassed the governor.
The development resulted in the relocation of the rally to the Government House premises, where Fayose and other PDP leaders are expected to address the party members.
Speaking to the crowd in a neck brace and bandages, Fayose said: “My people, the Lord will fight this battle. The COMPOL MOPOL of Nigeria Police and the AIG ordered that the governor should be killed. I was slapped by a policeman and shot at.
“But I want you to be of great courage. This battle must be won. This is an army of occupation. I want you to stand and remain standing.
“I hope they will not cause 1983 crisis. I call on the international community, Ekiti is under siege. How can I be the governor of the stage and be treated this way? I will go back to the hospital and remain there for a while.
“Stand with Eleka. I am having a lot of pain and I decide to bear this pain because of you, I am pleading with the international community, Nigeria is in trouble. They have arrested so many teachers, may okada riders, they put them in jail. Come and save Ekiti, this is our hour of tribulation.
“They said they have the instruction go kill me and the candidate of our party. They said they have the result they would announce on Saturday.”
Heavy shooting at Govt. House Ekiti by Buhari's police. Governor Fayose under attack! pic.twitter.com/K0DP5NZmjM
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) July 11, 2018