The clash between supporters of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party during a campaign rally has left no fewer than 20 persons injured in Omuo Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti East Local government area of Ekiti State.
A report revealed that suspected PDP thugs invaded the joint rally for the senatorial candidate in Ekiti South District, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and the House of Representatives candidate in Ekiti South Federal Constituency, Hon Femi Bamisile, and launched attacks on them.
There were allegations that the thugs who orchestrated the acts are loyal to the Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi and the senatorial candidate of PDP in Ekiti South.
Some APC supporters: Adeniyi Saliu, Kayode Ojo and Adeniyi Ayo, who sustained deep cut in the heads, back and stomach, have been referred to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti for intensive Medicare.
Some others were reported injured in the attack. It was gathered that those who committed the crime had fled the town and are being trailed by the police for prosecution.
The former Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Bamisile while reacting to the attack described it as unfortunate, barbaric and uncalled for.
Bamisile said the desperation of some PDP members is becoming a threat to democracy and called on security agencies in the state to apprehend the perpetrators of the latest ugly development in the area without further delay.
“APC as a party will not fold arms and watch its members be attacked by members of other political parties, hence the need for a strong warning to troublemakers to retrace their steps and allow peace to reign in the land.
“Nobody has a monopoly of violence, therefore PDP members should be aware of that, and stop provoking peace loving APC members in the state,” he said.
Former Minister of Works, Dayo Adeyeye, called on political thugs planning to disrupt the Saturday elections to be careful or risk been jailed.
Adeyeye, while reacting to the attack on APC members in Omuo Ekiti allegedly sponsored by Senator Olujimi and the PDP, said the long arms of law will catch up with the thugs no matter how fast they run.
“Arresting and prosecuting the suspects will serve as a deterrent to others inclined to political violence. I enjoin the security agencies to be on the red alert to curtail political violence.
“Ekiti is a peaceful state and nobody should turn it into a theatre of war in the name of politics.”
The Special Assistant, Media to Senator Olujimi on Public Communications, Chief Sanya Atofarati, while reacting exonerated his principal and her supporters from the attack, said the Senator had no cause to attack anybody.
“Attacking political opponents is of no point. It is the APC that has been attacking others because violence is their principal identity.
“We have been going round campaigning in the senatorial district. No cases of violence. No reason for us to fight anybody. People of the senatorial district know this.
“We are going to the polls, we are sure of winning, so why would we embark on attacking others. We are peace loving. They should settle their differences,” Atofarati said.