One person was feared killed and many others injured on Saturday during the violence that marred the ward congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State.
It was gathered that the deceased who was simply identified as Jide, was stabbed to death after violence erupted in Ado ward 10 after the congress was said to had been concluded.
A source, who was at the venue of the ward 10 congress, which took place at the pavilion close to the popular Fajuyi, said, ” After the congress was concluded, the boys who were on drugs had a disagreement among themselves and before you know it, it turned to free for all.
“Jide was stabbed and rushed to the General Hospital where he was confirmed dead. This is unfortunate and uncalled for, because it is a mere ward congress.”
Newspot who monitored the exercise, observed that while the loyalists of the governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi rooted for consensus arrangement across the 177 wards, the other faction who are mostly members of the South West Agenda 2023 (SWAGA) resisted this move and insisted on election.
It was gathered that party faithful as early as 8am trooped out to the ward centers for the election while the voting process did not start until 12noon when the ward Congress committee from the national secretariat started distributing the election materials.
Our correspondent observed that while loyalists of the governor were expecting an easy ride for the consensus method, however, they were astonished to the massive crowd of party members mostly SWAGA who stormed the designated centres, insisting on having election for the elective positions.
This development in some of the wards led to widespread violence across the state as thugs were allegedly unleashed on the people with many sustaining injuries and vehicles destroyed.
Specifically, in Ado-Ekiti ward 8, thugs unleashed mayhem on party members and disrupted the process. Many of the injured members are receiving medical attention in one of the private hospital in the state capital.
Also in Ado-Ekiti, there was violence in Ward 4 and 8 as thugs went on rampage to disrupt the voting process.
The chairperson of Ado Local Government, Mrs Omotunde Fajuyi, who participated in the congress in Ward 10, said the process was peaceful and devoid of any violence.
Fajuyi said, “As you aware today, Ward 10 congress was peaceful during the congress and we had only one person who contested for ward chairmanship position, and was elected unopposed.
“The process went peacefully and nobody had any cause to fight but we were told some persons had disagreement later after we left the place and one of them is dead. As I speak with you now, I am going to the hospital.”
Speaking on the ward congress, the state chairman of SWAGA, Senator Tony Adeniyi decried the widespread violence which marred the process, saying that there was no congress in the state.
According to him, ” There was no election today in Ekiti because there was no accreditation across the wards. The Fayemi Tokan Tokan people manipulated the process and prevent people from voting for their prefer leaders, especially SWAGA members.
“I can confirm to you that there was violence in Ikere-Ekiti, virtually all the wards in Ado-Ekiti we had violence and several people wounded and also in Ward 10, someone was killed. Is that how to do a congress? ”
On his part, a chieftain of the party and governorship aspirant, Chief Reuben Famuyibo, lamented that the politicians failed democracy in the state with the level of violence which characterised the ward congress.
Famuyibo, an elder statesman explained that he would address the press in the coming days on the process said, “as predicted by me on Friday, there was no election today,what you see is thugs moving around the wards.
“The blood of any citizens does not worth my ambition. When I got to the ward today, I returned home, this is not democracy and our politicians have not learnt any election and it is unfortunate. We await what the national secretariat will do it.”
However, the party spokesman, Ade Ajayi denied the allegations by the leaders on the process of the congress, saying every members of the were allowed to participate in congress.
” I can tell you that nobody was deprived from the congress today (Saturday) and it is our hope that it will be an acceptable one by the stakeholders. It is blatant lie to say that people were deprived, people participated in the process.”
Meanwhile, the state police PPRO Sunday Abutu confirmed the incident.
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According to him, ” We got a distress call today (Saturday) after the Ward 10 congress in Fajuyi that people were fighting when celebrating and on getting to the place, we were told one person has been rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead. From our findings, he was beaten with a charm and investigations have commenced towards arresting the perpetrators.”