The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement released by the Ekiti State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, on Sunday, July 5, 2015 has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of harbouring a suspected murderer in the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja.
The PDP described the situation as worrisome and embarrassing. This statement was released on the heels of the President’s agreement to meet with the Ekiti State chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Jide Awe, the alleged fugitive.
Chief Awe according to the PDP have been declared wanted by the Police over allegations of murder in the state and his whereabouts have been unknown until he was spotted at the Presidential Villa during a photo-op with the President on Friday, July 3, 2015.
The PDP also claimed that the President receiving Chief Awe into the villa was tantamount to a direct show of support for murder when he is to face trial over his alleged involvement in the 2013 murder of Mrs. Ayo Murphy Jeje and Mrs. Juliana Adewunmi in Erinjiyan-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The statement read: “We heard that President Buhari said he is going reopen cases of political murder. Yet, the same president allowed into Aso Villa, Jide Awe, who has refused to make himself available for trial for alleged murder even after a Federal High Court in Jos vacated an interlocutory injunction preventing Jide Awe from being arrested and tried for murder.
“We frown at this open display of insensitivity to the agony of the families of those who were allegedly murdered by Jide Awe and others, and we want to believe that President Buhari was not well briefed on his (Awe) evasion of trial.
“Perhaps, President Buhari was unaware and his security details who should also know did not inform him that Jide Awe and four other members of the APC, namely Faboro John, Aniramu Basiru, Falayi Busuyi and Owonifari Sefiu were declared wanted by the police for their alleged involvement in the murder of two persons in Erinjiyan-Ekiti, Ekiti State, on March 31, 2013.”