The governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (APC) in the June 21election in Ekiti State, Mr Ayo Fayose, on Tuesday accused members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of killing one of his supporters.
Mr Fayose made this allegation while speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Fayose noted that the Sunday incident in Ado-Ekiti came up for discussion, claiming that trouble started when some supporters of the All Progressives Congress accosted some of his supporters who were returning from his campaign office and killed one of them.
He further claimed that the initial plan of the APC supporters was to remove the branded T-shirt on the deceased and replace it with APC uniform to give an impression that they were attacked.
He said “what happened on Sunday was that APC supporters went about sweeping the feet of the President, who on Saturday led PDP bigwigs to a mega rally in Ado-Ekiti. I don’t even have any objection to that because that is part of politics.
“There are some of my supporters who always sleep over in my campaign office. These people wearing my branded green T-shirts were returning home and the APC people accosted them.
“They macheted some of my supporters and even killed one of them. They were at the point of removing the deceased’s branded T-shirt and replacing it with APC shirt when the OC MOPOL arrived the scene.
“As he was trying to stop them, Fayemi drove in to block him. It was when they wanted to mob the police officer that he shot teargas into the air.”
Fayose boasted that despite attacks, his supporters would not be deterred and are still fully mobilised to vote for him in the forthcoming election.
Early Sunday morning, members of the All Progressives Congress led by some of their leaders including the Governor Kayode Fayemi were out on some form of campaign when they were allegedly attacked.
Residents say they heard gunshots, but details of the cause of the violence may still be sketchy at this time.
Policemen in the state were said to be around at the scene. A Channels TV staff at the scene got injured in the process of the skirmish.
The meeting was said to have centred on their preparations for the forthcoming governorship elections in their states.