The attack was provocative — PDP
•It’s mere fabrication — LP
BY DAPO AKINREFON
THE All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of allegedly unleashing terror on Egbe-Ekiti community in Gbonyin Local Council during a campaign rally of the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Ayo Fayose, on Monday.
The party also accused the Labour Party, LP, of carrying out attacks on its supporters in Ipole-Iloro, Ekiti West Local Council.
However, the PDP and LP have described the allegations as untrue.
Vanguard gathered that a house belonging to a chieftain of the APC, Chief Dapo Awojolu, was allegedly hit by the rampaging thugs.
According to eyewitnesses, the thugs, who came in a truck were armed with guns, cutlasses and axes.
When contacted, Chief Awojolu, said the attack was unprovoked and that he had reported the incident to the Police. He said the opposition considered him a threat in Gbonyin Local Government and were therefore all out to destroy him.
The spokesperson of Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Dimeji Daniels, said “the PDP should know that guns will not win this election. Only records of excellent performance will and Dr. Kayode Fayemi has that in abundance. Having seen his giant strides, our people have made up their minds on re-electing him. That is a red card to the PDP and its co-traveller, Labour Party. They can amuse themselves for as long as they want. The truth is that Ekiti people have red-carded them.
The attack was provocative —PDP
Reacting to the allegation, spokesperson of the PDP, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, told Vanguard that “it is unfortunate and malicious that the APC went to organise a parallel programme against a PDP campaign, which was officially granted by the Nigeria Police.”
Oluwawole said “It was a deliberate act of provocation. The APC had no programme at all in that local government area because the PDP was granted official permit to organise a rally there but Chief Dapo Awojolu deliberately organised a parallel programme in his house where he said he wanted to kill a ram. The DPO in that local government warned him not to do such. He organised the parallel programme deliberately to provoke the PDP. For the APC to allege that it was the PDP that first attacked them, is malicious, ridiculous and unfortunate.”
Also, the APC accused t he Labour Party of allegedly carrying out violence against its members in Ipole-Iloro, Ekiti West Local Government area of the state.
The party, which alleged that campaign billboards of Dr. Fayemi in the community were shredded in a most venous manner, fingered LP supporters in the attack.
It’s mere fabrication—LP
In its reaction, the Labour Party described the APC’s allegations as “mere fabrications.”
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Mrs Bolanle Olatunde-Bruce, the party said: “These allegations are mere fabrications typical of the APC and its goons. They are totally false and a figment of someone’s imagination. We do not harbour thugs in our party, we go about our campaign rallies peacefully. It is a known fact in Ekiti today that we run the most scientific and issue based governorship campaign devoid of name calling, violence and/or arson”, it stated.
The party added that “On the contrary, it is the APC and its thugs that have continued to unleash terror on our party members.”