One killed, others injured in Ekiti APC-SDP clashes

one killed, others injured in ekiti apc sdp clashes
one killed, others injured in ekiti apc sdp clashes

One person was killed after a conflict between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Social Democratic Party in Itaji-Ekiti, Oye Council Area, Ekiti State.

The clash that resulted in the death of an APC member, Tope Ajayi, and left many others injured occurred on June 11 during a campaign ahead of the governorship election the following Saturday.

The Intensive Care Unit of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti is treating individuals injured during the melee.

Officer of Public Relations for the Ekiti State Police, Sunday Abutu, verified the event, stating:

“Yes , there was a clash at Itaji between opposition parties members and that investigation to unravel what transpired and the number of casualties as well as the possible arrest of culprits have commenced.”

Abutu stated that the police had quelled the chaos and restored order to the besieged town.

He added;

“But on the killing of a person, we are yet to get that confirmation. As soon as that is done, I will update the press”

Director, Media and Publicity, Biodun Oyebanji Campaign Organisation, Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun, narrated the APC’s account of what transpired, stating that the party’s campaign in the Ekiti North senatorial district was orderly and peaceful until it was allegedly disrupted by hoodlums on the orders of a former member of the House of Representatives.

He claimed that those affected were shot by an SDP thug who swooped in on a defective campaign van bearing the posters of the APC candidate Biodun Oyebanji between Itaji Ekiti.

According to him, in addition to shooting the deceased member in the chest, the thugs allegedly showered bullets on the vehicle of the Governor’s Special Adviser on Road Infrastructures, Hon. Rufus Adunmo.

Olatunbosun said;

“It is tragic that within one week of Daramola decamping to the SDP, we have recorded a spate of violence including an attack on our campaign rally at Oke Ayedun on Friday, and now the brutal killing of our member today, and the maiming of many others who are now battling for their lives in the hospital.”

Jackson Adebayo, director of media and publicity for the Segun Oni Campaign Organisation, refuted Olatunbosun’s claim by stating:

“We were at the palace at Itaji Ekiti where Asiwaju Segun Oni was meeting with obas in the local government area. some people were outside the palace, suddenly we saw about five buses loaded with transporters who are being used as political thugs associated with Governor Fayemi and the APC.

“They started shooting sporadically. we initially thought they were shooting to scare us away, people were running helter skelter without knowing that they really targeted our members to kill.

“They were also trying to force their way to where Engineer Segun oni was may be in an attempt to assassinate him. That was when they were repelled by security agencies who came to the rescue and repelled them.

“But unfortunately, one of the thugs missed their vehicle because he fell down. We interrogated him and he said they were agents of APC. They left, we learnt one of them died later, but I would not know how”
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