Emergency Rule Looms In Ekiti

•3 Die In Political Attack •PDP Thugs Unleashed Terror on Campaign Trail EKITI State may be heading towards another emergency rule as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continue to attack members and supporters of the Action Congress (AC) ahead of the fast-approaching re-run election in the state. Findings by OSUN DEFENDER’s correspondent revealed that…”
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March 13, 2009 8:43 am
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•3 Die In Political Attack PDP Thugs Unleashed Terror on Campaign Trail

EKITI State may be heading towards another emergency rule as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continue to attack members and supporters of the Action Congress (AC) ahead of the fast-approaching re-run election in the state.

Findings by OSUN DEFENDER’s correspondent revealed that no fewer than three people had been confirmed dead, while several others were receiving treatment at various hospitals across the state following continued attack on opposition members by the PDP thugs.

The violence erupted following attempts to stop the AC gubernatorial candidate in the re-run election, Dr Kayode Fayemi‘s free health scheme, which reportedly angered some PDP chieftains in Oye-Ekiti, who felt slighted feeling that the programme would further endear AC into the heart of the people.

Earlier, before the incident, the AC gubernatorial candidate had mobilized four senior and junior doctors, led by Dr Wale Omirin to the town to provide free medical services to the people at the town’s Multipurpose Hall, which the party had booked a week ealier.

However, the area’s serving senatorial candidate Senator Ayo Arise was said to have announced on Sunday evening that PDP members should come to the same venue for a meeting same day and time earlier scheduled by the opposition party.

The situation reportedly degenerated, when members of the Action Congress coming from Ido/Osi Local Government Area to Ikole-Ekiti for the party campaign rally were attacked by the PDP members, who insisted that the AC members must not pass through the town.

Suspected thugs in Senator Arise’s house were reported to have shot at the AC members, hitting a farmer simply identified as Hammed Sadiq and a seventy year old woman Mrs Oladunjoye.

At least five vehicles loaded with armed policemen were deployed to Arise‘s house to prevent reprisal attack from AC members, who were accusing the senator of master-minding the violence. Angry youths in the community later protested the alleged plan to disrupt the free medical service.

Meanwhile, the State’s Acting Governor, Hon Tunji Odeyemi has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Oye Local Government Area, saying this became imperative because of the political crisis that led to the death of the innocent people in the town.

According to the acting governor, the state government can no longer tolerate anybody or group of people, who would want to turn the state into a battle-ground.

Odeyemi, who described the political crisis in some areas of the state as unfortunate, vowed to ensure that Ekiti State was not plunged into another state of emergency.

He promised that anybody in possession of illegal arms would be treated as a criminal and armed robber.

By SOLA OYINLOYE, Ekiti

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