ekiti pdp crisis thugs attack sheriff s faction secretariat destroy valuable things

Ekiti PDP Crisis: Thugs attack Sheriff’s faction secretariat, destroy valuable things
…Their allegation frivolous, says Fayose’s faction
The secretariat of Ekiti State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) faction loyal to the National Chairman Senator Ali Modu
Sheriff was on Wednesday attacked by people suspected to be political thugs.
The
building located at Nova Road junction in Adebayo area of Ado Ekiti,
the state capital was vandalized in the early hours of the day with some
facilities destroyed in the process.
The invaders scaled the
fence to gain entrance into the compound and smashed all the glass
windows and uprooted all the flag poles and tore the PDP flags hoisted
on them.
The vandalized secretariat is the operational base of the
Williams Ajayi-led faction loyal to Sheriff. The other faction led by
Gboyega Oguntuase which is loyal to Senator Ahmed Makarfi is also backed
by Governor Ayo Fayose.
An Ado Ekiti Federal High Court on
January 24 declared the Ajayi-led group as the authentic state executive
of the party ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) to do business with it.
But the Court of Appeal in Ado
Ekiti last week ordered a stay of execution and held that the two
factions should maintain the status quo pending the determination of the
substantive suit before it.
Speaking with reporters on the
attack, the Deputy Chairman of the Ajayi faction, Olasunkanmi Ogunbiyi,
alleged that the attack was carried out by the faction backed by Fayose
calling on security agencies to up their game and prevent breakdown of
law and order.
Ogunbiyi said: “We left the office on Tuesday at
about 6pm and only to return today around 7am and saw the flags erected
brought down. The assailants scaled the fence and destroyed all the
flags and the louvre blades of our office.
“They even made
spirited efforts to gain entry into the office, but they could not. As
we speak now, our lives are being threatened and we want the public to
be aware of this.
“However, we had inkling that our office will be
attacked with the threat issued by one of the Oguntuase’s executive to
us when we met recently at the Court of Appeal that our office will be
attacked.
“Last week also, Governor Fayose went to a nearby spot within the vicinity of the office and distributed rice to the people.
We are sure that the Oguntuase’s people are behind this and we need a prompt action from the security agencies”.
But
the spokesman of the Oguntuase faction, Jackson Adebayo, denied the
accusation claiming that “erosion and rainstorm” might have affected the
secretariat describing the allegation as “frivolous.”
Adebayo
said: “I saw what they are calling the press for and I concluded that
they are still in shock how they got to that sorry pass.
“There
were storm and erosion, which affected their building and they are
claiming that reasonable people would leave their jobs to be digging
their fences and destroying blocks.
“They should be pitied rather than responded to because there’s no such thing as what they are alleging.”

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