By Gbenga Ariyibi
ADO-EKITI—In what appeared to be a confirmation of the alarm raised by the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, on Wednesday, over alleged plans by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to instigate chaos and instability in Ekiti State, there was fracas and pandemonium as members of the ACN, and PDP engaged themselves in a battle of wits at different parts of Ekiti State when the newly appointed local government caretaker committee chairmen reported officially in their councils in all the 16 local government areas of the state.
The ACN through its National Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had alleged that the planned mayhem was to justify the action being spearheaded by a PDP top brass in the South-West to use his clout to force the Federal Government to impose a state of emergency in the state.
The state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi had on Monday administered oath of office on the newly appointed caretaker chairmen and asked them to inaugurate other members of their committees.
But the chairman of the PDP in the state, Mr Bola Olu-Ojo, had in a counter directive ordered the ousted council chairmen to report at their different councils and take over the affairs of the councils.
Vanguard gathered that in most of the local government secretariats there were fracas as the sacked PDP council chairmen attempted to forcefully return to offices, but were resisted by people suspected to be supporters of ACN.
In Ado Ekiti, Vanguard gathered that it was the timely intervention of the security operativer that prevented the break down of law and order when the ex-chairman of the council, Mrs Tosin Aluko who allegedly led some suspected hoodlums with an intent to take over the affairs of the council.
Barely few minutes after the embattled former council chairman arrived the council secretariat than she was allegedly rounded up by some suspected hoodlums who had planted themselves in strategic positions in the council.
Aluko was reportedly beaten up by hoodlums while trying to force her way to take over the affairs of the council.
She was said to have escaped the mob attack through a bush path before transporting herself on commercial motorcycle to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention
Her official car, Prado Toyota Jeep was said to have been badly damaged while her driver allegedly was thoroughly beaten up by the hoodlums.
At Ijero, it was the same story, as supporters of the erstwhile political office holders mobilized themselves to the council to disrupt the inauguration of the members of the caretaker committee, a development that led to the a pandemonium.
In the ensue melee, two vehicles were badly damaged and many people wounded, while a section of the secretariat was torched
At Oye, Vanguard gathered that members of the two political parties engaged themselves in a fight to finish in an apparent bid to take over the affairs of the council.
One person suffered casualty and was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Ido Ekiti for medical attention
The situation was not quite different at ldo/Osi when the former chairman of the council, Chief Sanmi Olubunmo reported for duty, a development that was seen as an affront by members of the ACN.
Olubunmo who had spent almost four hours in the office was later sent packing by the ACN supporters.
The police authorities however, said no life was lost during the violence that disrupted commercial activities in some of the local government headquarters of the State
Speaking through the Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, ASP Mohammed Jimoh, confirmed that police quickly responded to the occasion and prevented any loss of life.
However, the new caretaker chairmen successfully took over leadership in all the local governments, amid tight security and serious resistance from the opposition party, the PDP
But as at the time of this report, all the local Government secretariats across the 16 local government areas of the State were under lock and key with stern looking mobile policemen on guard to curtail any unbridled tendencies and violent act from politicians
The Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, ASP Jimoh Mohammed confirmed that there were crises in some of the local government areas of the state, but maintained that the police was on the top of the situation
He, however, warned that those found fomenting trouble would be apprehended and dealt with accordingly, saying the security agencies would not fold their arms and allow some disgruntled people to hold the state to ransom
Jimoh called on the people to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation or violence.