TERROR that has been the trade-mark of the Peoples democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State was unleashed on many towns by thugs believed to be loyal to the governorship candidate of the PDP, Mr. Segun Oni last week has eventually been extended to Igbemo –Ekiti in the Irepodun /Ifelodun local government area of the state.
The same thugs who attacked non-PDP members in Esure, Afao and Are also attacked many people in Igbemo and destroyed their properties.
Worst hit was Mr. Felix Ajayi, whose Ultimate Hotel was destroyed and everything within and outside the hotel were vandalized with the whole place turned upside down.
As usual, the thugs reportedly entered Igbemo-Ekiti in the company of Mr. Segun Oni, who was billed to campaign in the town and started shooting, driving everyone into the bush in the process.
It was learnt that they then went into the houses of non-PDP supporters ostensibly on the orders of a notorious political office-holder in the town, to attack them with guns, machetes and axes.
Some of the thugs were also reported to be going about with AK-47 automatic rifles.
Not done with the attack on Ajayi’s Hotel on Thursday, the fierce-looking thugs came back to Igbemo-Ekiti on Saturday, hunting for Messrs Ajayi and Peter Akinsola with the aim of attacking them. However, the duo were lucky to be out of town at that time.
The PDP candidate and his horde of thugs were also accused of wreaking havoc on the hapless residents in almost all the towns, where they had campaigned, while the state police command usually looked the other way.
It was gathered that one of the recently arrested of five suspected thugs who were trying to bring in a large cache of arms into the state, one of them was said to be a cousin and associate of Oni.
All these, according to residents in the state, are a confirmation that the embattled ousted governor is a man in love with violence, who is bent on returning to power by hook or crook.
The people then appealed to the Inspector- General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro and the National Security Adviser to save the hapless people of Ekiti State from the rampaging thugs of the PDP merchants of death, who are bent on turning the state into a battle ground.
From SOLA DARE-OYINLOYE, EKITI