Fayemi, Fayose trade words over at­tack

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

The gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in the June 21 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Ek­iti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has de­nied claim that his sup­port­ers at­tacked the con­voy of Gover­nor Kay­ode Fayemi on Mon­day in Ado Ek­iti.

The gover­nor had claimed in a state­ment by his Chief Press Sec­re­tary, Yinka Oye­bode that the con­voy of Gover­nor Fayemi was at­tacked in Ado-Ek­iti, around 6pm by sus­pected thugs work­ing for Fayose.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, Fayose’s thugs threw stones and bot­tles at the gover­nor’s ve­hi­cle and other ve­hi­cles be­long­ing to mem­bers of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) on the gover­nor’s en­tourage while re­turn­ing to Ado-Ek­iti af­ter a cam­paign rally in Ek­iti-east Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state.

Oye­bode said but for the gover­nor who re­strained his se­cu­rity aides and party sup­port­ers from re­tal­i­at­ing, there would have been some ca­su­al­ties in the at­tack.

But Fayose de­nied the al­le­ga­tion, say­ing sus­pected thugs of the APC at­tacked his sup­port­ers and cam­paign of­fice at Ade­bayo area of Ado Ek­iti.

In a state­ment by the Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of PDP, Pas­tor Kola Oluwa­wole, Fayose de­scribed the gover­nor’s claim as “bar­baric, cal­lous and prim­i­tive and a wan­ton dis­play of power by the gover­nor”.

The PDP pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary al­leged that when the gover­nor’s con­voy was driv­ing past Fayose’s cam­paign of­fice, some sus­pected thugs fired gun­shots at it with­out provo­ca­tion.

“Af­ter a few min­utes, about 10 sus­pected thugs of the gover­nor re­turned to Fayose’s cam­paign of­fice and shat­tered the build­ing win­dow and ve­hi­cles wind­screen parked within the premises with bul­lets,” he said.

Jour­nal­ists were also con­ducted round the cam­paign of­fice and two ve­hi­cles; a Honda Ac­cord marked La­gos EE 908 APP and a branded Mi­cra Nis­san with Fayose’s por­trait bear­ing Ek­iti Fayose 2014, were seen with shat­tered wind­screens.

The state­ment added: “The Fayemi thugs who came into the premises were ac­tu­ally sent by Fayemi to kill Fayose be­cause they were de­mand­ing that Fayose should come out of the of­fice and dare them. This ac­tion of Fayemi is very ab­surd and he should never think that he has mo­nop­oly of vi­o­lence.”

Call­ing on se­cu­rity to call the gover­nor and his sup­port­ers to or­der, the PDP said it had ap­pealed to its sup­port­ers to re­main calm.

Spokesman of the state po­lice com­mand, Mr. Vic­tor Babayemi, con­firmed the in­ci­dent but said no ar­rest had been made.

“The mat­ter has been re­ported to us and we have com­menced in­ves­ti­ga­tion. What we have is ac­cu­sa­tion and counter ac­cu­sa­tion, but we are try­ing to es­tab­lish the truth. Those who mas­ter­minded the cri­sis will be brought to book,” he said.

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