As the Ekiti APC ward congress turns violent, one person is feared dead.
During the violence that marred the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress in Ekiti State on Saturday, one person is believed to have been killed and many others injured.
After violence erupted in Ado ward 10 after the congress was said to have ended, the deceased, who was simply identified as Jide, was stabbed to death, according to reports.
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“After the congress was concluded, the boys who were on drugs had a disagreement among themselves, and before you know it, it turned into a free for all,” a source who was at the venue of the ward 10 congress, which took place at the pavilion close to the popular Fajuyi, said.
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“Jide was stabbed and taken to the General Hospital, where his death was confirmed. Because it is only a ward congress, this is unfortunate and uncalled for.”
While the governor’s loyalists, led by Dr Kayode Fayemi, pushed for a consensus arrangement across the 177 wards, the other faction, led by members of the South West Agenda 2023 (SWAGA), resisted the move and insisted on elections.
It was reported that party supporters arrived at ward centres as early as 8 a.m. for the election, but the voting process did not begin until 12 p.m., when the national secretariat’s ward Congress committee began distributing election materials.
While the governor’s supporters expected an easy ride for the consensus method, they were surprised by the large crowds of party members, mostly SWAGA members, who stormed the designated polling stations, insisting on elections for elective positions.
This development in some of the wards allegedly resulted in widespread violence across the state, with thugs allegedly unleashing violence on the people, injuring many and destroying vehicles.
Thugs wreaked havoc on party members and disrupted the election process in Ado-Ekiti ward 8. Many of the injured members are receiving treatment at one of the state capital’s private hospitals.
Thugs went on the rampage in Wards 4 and 8 of Ado-Ekiti to disrupt the voting process.
Mrs Omotunde Fajuyi, the chairperson of Ado Local Government, who attended the congress in Ward 10, said it was peaceful and free of violence.
“As you are aware, Ward 10 congress was peaceful during the congress, and we only had one person who contested for the position of ward chairmanship, and he was elected unopposed,” Fajuyi said.
“The process went smoothly, and no one had any reason to fight, but we were told that some people had a disagreement after we left, and one of them died. I’m on my way to the hospital as I speak with you.”
Senator Tony Adeniyi, the state chairman of SWAGA, spoke out against the widespread violence that marred the ward congress, claiming that there was no congress in the state.
“There was no election today in Ekiti because there was no accreditation across the wards,” he explained. The Fayemi Tokan Tokan people rigged the system to prevent people, particularly SWAGA members, from voting for their preferred leaders.
“I can confirm that there was violence in Ikere-Ekiti, that there was violence in virtually all of Ado-wards, Ekiti’s that several people were injured, and that someone was killed in Ward 10. Is this how you conduct a congress?”
Chief Reuben Famuyibo, a party chieftain and governorship aspirant, lamented that the politicians had failed democracy in the state with the level of violence that characterised the ward congress.
“As predicted by me on Friday, there was no election today, what you see is thugs moving around the wards,” Famuyibo, an elder statesman, said, adding that he would address the press on the process in the coming days.
“Any citizen’s blood is not worth my ambition. When I arrived at the ward today, I realised that this is not democracy, and that our politicians have not learned anything about elections, which is unfortunate. We’re waiting to see what the national secretariat does.”
However, the party’s spokesman, Ade Ajayi, denied the leaders’ allegations about the congress process, saying that all members of the party were welcome to attend.
” I can assure you that no one was turned away from the congress today (Saturday), and it is our hope that the stakeholders will find it acceptable. It is a complete fabrication to claim that people were deprived; people were actively involved in the process.”
Meanwhile, PPRO Sunday Abutu of the state police confirmed the incident.
”We received a distress call today (Saturday) after the Ward 10 congress in Fajuyi that people were fighting while celebrating, and when we arrived, we were told that one person had been rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead,” he said. He was beaten with a charm, according to our findings, and investigations are underway to apprehend the perpetrators.”
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