By Gbenga Ariyibi Ado Ekiti
The crisis rocking Ekiti State wing of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Tuesday took a new turn as the party’s state secretariat was set ablaze by people suspected to be political thugs
The arson which was said to have been committed at about 5.30 am on Tuesday, badly affected the office of the Chairman, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe and the conference Hall of the one-storey building located in along Ikere Road, Ado Ekiti.
Vanguard gathered that the fire disaster could have been more disastrous but for the timely intervention of passers-by who alerted the residents of the Area , who later trooped out to put off the raging inferno.
Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr Victor Babayemi, who condemned the act, however said the incident is being investigated by the police.
The police image maker said no arrest has been made, but assured that those behind the criminal act would be made to face music.
Meanwhile, the party has set up its Governorship Campaign team to advance and sell the candidacy of former Governor Ayodele Fayose for the June 21
According to the statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti Tuesday by the party’s State Secretary and Publicity Secretary respectively, Dr Tope Aluko and Pastor Kola Oluwawole, has named an Ado Ekiti based businessman cum politician, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, as the Director General of the campaign outfit.
Other principal officers include: Barr Owoseeni Ajayi, who had hitherto served as the Director General , is now the Deputy Director General, while a journalist and Publisher, Chief Gboyega Aribisogan, is appointed as the Chairman, Publicity .
A retired Permanent Secretary, Mrs Modupe Alade, is the Secretary while former Chairman, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State, is the Treasurer of the outfit.
The party also thanked President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Chairman of the Party, Alhaji Adamu Mua’zu for allowing internal democracy in the party, particularly with the conduct of primaries in the State to select the candidate.
The leaders praised the aggrieved aspirants for their resolve to use party’s machinery in resolving crisis emanating from the conduct of primary election in the State.