By ADELEKE ADESERI, South West Regional Editor
There was a sharp disagreement, yesterday, between Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi and an Afenifere chieftain and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye over cause of incessant attacks on members of the state PDP.
While Adeyeye believes Fayemi and his ruling Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, are the ones responsible for the attacks on the opposition, Governor Fayemi asked him to look in the direction of his party, the PDP.
Prince Adeyeye actually warned of the dire consequences of the incessant attacks on PDP members by thugs sponsored by the Dr. Kayode Fayemi led ACN government in the state, saying, “what they are inviting to the state is anarchy.”
He described the attack on members of the PDP in Efon-Alaaye since Monday as worrisome, adding that such persistent attacks on law abiding members of the party was capable of throwing the state into chaos if allowed to continue.
A statement by the Director General of Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement, PAAM, Hon. Bisi Kolawole, alleged that ACN thugs led by the party’s Youth Leader in Efon Local Government, Segun Alanaka attacked members of the PDP who were holding a ward meeting.
The statement read in part: “Over 150 people, including aged men and women were already gathered for a meeting in Efon-Alaaye on Monday when the thugs invaded the venue with guns, matchetes and other dangerous weapons.
“They inflicted various degrees of injuries on Ward 9 Chairman of our party, Odunayo Ojo, Jide Fakorede, Ward 5 Youth leader; Ayodele Gbenga , Yemi Ajanaku, Wole Aladejare, Kayode Bolarinwa (a.k.a. Oba Aro), Odunayo Adeniji, among others.
“A policeman was also macheted while trying to arrest the thugs while the wind screen of a police Hilux van was smashed.
“Also damaged were three vehicles, one of them a Nissan Altima belonging to Yemi Ajanaku, with one of the tyres deflated by gun-shot.
“It is, however, worrisome that despite that Segun Alanaka and some of his men were arrested, the attack is still going on unabated with the thugs being led by a certain Gbenga Owolesu and Kunle Stainless.
“It should be noted that we have heard it on good authority that Governor Fayemi had instructed Caretaker Chairmen in the 16 local councils in the state to mobilise thugs in their domain to disrupt any gathering of the PDP and Michael Opeyemi Bamidele faction of the ACN.
But in a swift reaction, Governor Fayemi through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Olabode said:
“There is no iota of truth in the allegation. It is baseless and quite malicious. Prince Adeyeye should look in the direction of his party PDP for the alleged attack.
“It is a common knowledge that the various factions of PDP in Ekiti State are at war with one another. the factional war reached its climax last week when guns and other dangerous weapons were used by PDP members to attack one another.
“So, it will be highly irresponsible for Adeyeye and his cohorts in PDP to allege that their members were attacked by ACN thugs, while they know that each of the faction of the PDP is out to dislodge the other.
“The PDP should go and put its house in order and stay clear of actions that are capable of affecting the peace of the state.
“We also call on the police and other relevant security agencies in the state to keep an eye on the PDP as the party is responsible for violent acts in the state.”