Omuo Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti East Local government area of Ekiti State, was almost turned into a battle field on Tuesday, as supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) had clashed in campaign rally, leaving scores of people with injuries.
APC accused the opposition party of instigating the crisis.
The party claimed that members of APC were holding a joint rally for their senatorial candidate in Ekiti South District, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and the House of Representatives candidate in Ekiti South Federal Constituency, Hon Femi Bamisile on Monday evening when the suspected PDP thugs invaded the rally and launched attacks on them.
Those who allegedly carried out the attacks were those loyal to the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi who is the senatorial candidate of the PDP in Ekiti South.
Some APC supporters including Adeniyi Saliu , Kayode Ojo and Adeniyi Ayo , who sustained deep cut in the heads, back and stomach had been referred to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti for intensive medicare.
Fifteen others were said to have been wounded during the unexpected attack.
It was gathered that those who committed the crime had fled the town and are being trailed by the police for possible arrest and prosecution.
Former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and an APC House of Representative candidate, Bamisile described the attack as unfortunate, barbaric and uncalled for.
Bamisile said the desperation of some of the PDP members are becoming a threat to democracy and called on the 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 to 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 monopoly of violence, therefore PDP members should be aware of that, and stop provoking peace loving APC members in the state”.
APC senatorial candidate and former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, warned miscreants and political thugs planning violence and mayhem in the build up to Saturday general elections to be careful or risk being sent to prison.
Adeyeye while reacting to the sudden wave of political violence and attacks on APC members in Omuo Ekiti allegedly sponsored by Senator Olujimi and PDP said the long arms of law would catch up with thugs that were led by one Sunday Awolusi no matter how fast they run..Prince Adeyeye said: “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 theatre of war in the name of politics”.
But the Special Assistant, Media to Senator Olujimi on Public Communications, Chief Sanya Atofarati, who exonerated Olujimi and her supporters from the attack, said the Senator had no cause to attack anybody.
Atofarati said: “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.”