Several persons were reportedly wounded on Sunday evening, as supporters of Governor Ayodele Fayose and that of the Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Mrs. Abiodun Olujimi engaged in a bloody clash.
Fayose and his estranged god daughter, Olujimi, had been enmeshed in crisis over the latter’s governorship ambition, which the governor was alleged not to have been favourably disposed to.
This is also as two members of the State House of Assembly, Hons Adeojo Fajana and Michael Adedeji are reportedly under probe over their alleged conviviality and loyalty to Senator Olujimi, who is now in the bad book of the governor.
The clash allegedly took place in Kota-Ekiti in Ekiti East Local
Government area of the state during the meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the council.
A source said the two factions had come to the meeting with mind sets to outdo each other, which he said made the personalities involved to start displaying enmity towards each other shortly after the meeting commenced.
According to the source, the lawmaker representing Ekiti East constituency II and a known Fayose’s ally, Hon. Dare Pelemo, was said to have been beaten, with his dresses torn into shreds by Olujimi’s angry supporters.
Those wounded during the clash were said to have been taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
The source said: “The meeting ended in disarray as the team loyal to Senator Olujimi and those loyal to Governor Fayose exchanged fisticuffs
“The house of assembly member representing Ekiti East constituency was beaten while other members of the team loyal to Governor Fayose ran for their lives”, he said.
The fight had attracted those in the neighbourhood and they were said to have been frightened to the extent that they had to run for their lives.
When contacted, Pelemo said Olujimi’s group actually attacked him but said he was never beaten to stupor as being rumoured.
“Yes, they attacked our members at the meeting just because they wanted to show supremacy they didn’t have.
“We have enough followers on ground who could deal with them, but we decided not to do so.
“Governor Fayose is a popular politician with wide followership, so these few people couldn’t have overpowered us as they claimed in social media”, Pelemo stated.