MEMBERS of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oloje community in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State have cried out against the destruction of their party secretariat in the town and accused members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of being behind the attack.
Leaders of the community also lamented the arrest of four chiefs of the Obaloja of Oloje-in-Council, and their alleged detention overnight by the police allegedly for an offence they didn’t commit.
A member of the state’s House of Assembly and chairman, Dr Samuel Omotoso, representing Oye Constituency 1 who hails from the community, while relating the incident to newsmen, alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi was after his life alleged for having led several oppositions moves against the ex-minister.
Omotosho said: “I want to bring to the public glare several attempts on my life by Dr Kayode Fayemi, using his thugs. These people planned to kill me on Thursday the 28th of June 2018 when they invaded my community, Oloje Ekiti with guns, amulets and charms on behalf of Dr Kayode Fayemi and searched for me at all cost during their ongoing blood laced political rallies.
“When they could not find me, their frustrations led to the total demolition of our Party (PDP) Secretariat in Ayede South Itaji Ward 10 of Oye Local Government.
“Still unsatisfied, these thugs called in several armed mobile policemen who unleashed mayhem on my people, shooting sporadically at innocent citizens, destroying many houses, looting with physical assaults on three high chiefs who dared to ask them questions.”
According to him, “these attempts on my life are not unconnected with my roles as the Chairman Ekiti-State House of Assembly Committee on Information saddled with the responsibility of speaking on behalf of the institution.”
Also speaking, a chieftain of the PDP, Chief Paul Oluwole, 73, alleged that “the attack on our members happened after Fayemi’s campaign team had concluded their rally in this area,” saying “they came to my house where PDP flag bearer, Olusola Kolapo Eleka’s billboards were and pulled everything down and tore posters and billboards.”
According to Oluwole, “I didn’t say or do anything because our governor Fayose has told us not to retaliate anything the APC thugs did to us.
But later that day, while we were preparing to set up the canopy and chairs in our ward secretariat, I suddenly saw a Toyota Hilux vehicle full of men in police uniforms, they double crossed my vehicle and came down to descend on me. They beat me with several weapons. And tied my hands.
They also got three others and tied their hands.
“The thugs who came with them threatened to kill me if I don’t support Fayemi. All they are trying to do is to make the state ungovernable and force the FG to impose the state of emergency in Ekiti because they know they have failed and cannot win the election.”
But spokesman to John Kayode Fayemi campaign organisation, Wole Olujobi has dismissed the claims as untrue and unfounded and calculated to score cheap blackmail, saying it is PDP committing the atrocities but blaming it on APC.
Olujobi’said: “I was in the same area Omotosho and the PDP members mentioned on Thursday but there was nothing like such attacks in the place. The PDP members are just cooking up lies to blackmail Fayemi.
They branded vehicles with APC logo and went into the market to beat and maim people there and they were shouting all about that APC is killing and maiming people all about.
“All those atrocities have been performed by PDP thugs but they are turning around to blame it on APC. That is their stock in trade. We are very peaceful and Fayemi has no thugs that can hurt even a fly, not too tall of killing anybody,” he said.”
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