Both the Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his predecessor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on Saturday, condemned the violence that marred the Saturday’s Ekiti East Constituency’s bye-election into the state House of Assembly where three persons including a police officer were said to have lost their lives.
Fayemi condemned, in strong terms, the violence, saying that “no one involved in the dastardly act would go unpunished.”
It was gathered that popular female politician, Senator Olujimi escaped by whiskers when the gunmen struck while a member of the National Youth Corps Service (NYSC) was also hit by a bullet.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi asked the Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobayo, to arrest all those involved in the violence “regardless of their party affiliation.”
Fayemi said: “This violence is most unwarranted and deeply disturbing. I have instructed the police authorities to fish out the perpetrators and ensure they face the music.
“Our condolences to the families that lost loved ones and those who were injured. Government would not relent in efforts to always ensure safety of lives and properties. We shall ensure all purveyors of violence are brought to book.”
While commiserating with the families of those that died, the governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to upholding the sacredness of life and sanctity of the electoral process.
Also, the former governor of the state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, condemned the killings, describing it as “clear evidence of state-sponsored terrorism against its own citizens who have rejected the party in government.”
Fayose, in a statement he personally signed, said the killings of the three citizens in Omuo-Ekiti were shameful and a clear indication that the people have rejected the ruling party.
He said: “I thought we have gone past this barbarism in Ekiti State especially when we are confronted with national insecurity to which the government has no solution.
“What was witnessed today in Omuo Ekiti is nothing but terrorism against the people of Ekiti, knowing that time has caught up with them and they are no longer popular.
“This will remain guilt in the conscience of the perpetrators and their sponsors perpetually for killing their own people just because of a mere House of Assembly by-election.
“Most importantly, everything that goes round in life comes round. The perpetrators of this despicable act should therefore remember that there will be consequences for all actions because the blood of the dead will surely speak and fight back.
“To the police in Ekiti, they know what to do and the people behind all these, if only they choose not to look away. Ekiti shall be free again if we collectively confront and win this battle against fake apostles of democracy.”
Following the violence that trailed the House of Assembly bye-election in Ekiti East Local Government Area, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West has said that the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, CP Babatunde Mobayo, must be held responsible for it.
In a statement by Lere Olayinka, the PDP’s Zonal Director of Media and Publicity, the Police Commissioner was accused of shielding government thugs, even after credible evidence of their criminal acts were presented to him.
According to them, it was sad that blood-letting always followed Fayemi’s footsteps whenever he is at the helm of affairs in Ekiti.
Olayinka recalled that “During Fayemi’s first tenure, it was in this same Omuo Ekiti that Michael Ipinlaye and Kehinde Fajuyi were killed by his (Fayemi) thugs while Foluso Ogundare was killed in Akure Ekiti and Ayo Murphy Jeje and Juliana Adewumi were killed in Erijiyan Ekiti.
“Also, during the 2019 local government elections in which only APC contested, one person was killed in Ikere Ekiti.
“It’s sad that just because of a House of Assembly bye-election, a policewoman was killed in Omuo Ekiti today, by thugs unleashed on the people by the APC government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi,” Olayinka said while calling out the CP.
“Maybe the Police Commissioner in Ekiti State, CP Mobayo Babatunde will act now that one of his officers was killed in Omuo Ekiti today, by Fayemi’s thugs.
“When the thugs sent to assassinate me and Dayo Akinleye invaded GNN Hotel in Ado Ekiti on October 24, 2020, and CCTV footages were made available to the police, nothing was done.
“Today, the thugs have killed a policewoman and two other people. Let’s see what Ekiti State Police Commissioner will do this time around.
“And most importantly, let’s see if CP Mobayo will stop being complicit in government-sponsored attacks in Ekiti State by arresting those killers led by Dele Omojola (Marshall) who invaded GNN Hotel in Ado Ekiti and attempted to kill me and Hon Dayo Akinleye on October 24, 2020.
“As for us in the South-West PDP, the blood of that policewoman and the two other people killed in Omuo Ekiti today will be on the head of CP Mobayo because he refused to act decisively when he should,” he concluded.