A former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the alleged killing of three persons by suspected APC thugs during the Ekiti East Constituency I by-election in the Ekiti East Local Government Area of the state as “clear evidence of state sponsored terrorism against her own citizens, who have rejected the party in government.”
Three persons were feared killed during the House of Assembly by-election, while no fewer than five others sustained gunshot injuries, with about three of them said to be in critical condition at hospitals receiving treatment.
While some residents said a 50-years-old man identified as Bola and a 35-year-old man were feared killed, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said those injured included two policemen and a corps member.
Fayose, in a statement titled, ‘Killings during Ekiti Assembly by-election is state terrorism, evidence of rejection of APC – Fayose’, however said the “killing of innocent people in the House of Assembly by-election was barbaric and shameful.
“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. 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,” he said.
However, Governor Kayode Fayemi has commiserated with the families of those killed in the mayhem as well as those who sustained injuries in the violence.
Condemning the violence, he “no one involved in the dastardly act would go unpunished.”
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, titled, ‘Violence in Ekiti East Constituency I bye-election’, Fayemi said, “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 property. We shall ensure all purveyors of violence are brought to book.