Posted By: Odunayo OGUNMOLA,Ado-Ekiti
The battle for the control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, assumed a violent dimension yesterday, when a factional secretary of the party, Dr Tope Aluko was injured during a shootout at the party secretariat in Ado Ekiti.
Residents including passersby, commuters and motorists scampered for safety __as gunshots rent the air.
Aluko, was shot at close range as he led members of the Tunde Olatunde faction to take over the party’s secretariat shortly after the Idowu Faleye faction left the building shortly after announcing the suspension of four members of the State Working Committee (SWC) led by Olatunde.
While Olatunde is the acting chairman of a faction that has 11 out of 14 SWC members, Faleye is the chairman of the faction recognized by Governor Ayo Fayose.
The Olatunde faction maintained that the appointment of Faleye which was masterminded by Fayose to fill the vacancy created by the former chairman, Makanjuola Ogundipe’s appointment as Southwest PDP chairman runs contrary to the party’s constitution.
There was tension in Ado Ekiti earlier on Friday as riot policemen were mobilized to the party secretariat in about 10 vehicles and an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC).
The presence of the minions of law was to prepare ground for the arrival of the Faleye faction who announced the suspension of Olatunde, Aluko, Women Leader, Mrs. Busola Oyebode, Auditor; Tunji Olanrewaju and Assistant Secretary, Femi Esan.
The ‘suspended’ leaders of the party, according to the Faleye faction are to be tried for alleged anti-party activities by a disciplinary panel to be chaired by Commissioner for Local Government, Kolapo Kolade. Read More →