A row between the Peoples Democratic Party led government in Ekiti State and the All Progressives Congress is brewing following the gruesome murder of a commissioner on the board of the Federal Character Commission, Bunmi Ojo, and two others on Friday in Ado Ekiti, by yet to be identified gunmen.
Mr Ojo was shot at about 10pm at a viewing centre in Adebayo area, along Iworoko in the Ekiti State capital. The deceased was said to have been shot on the head and stomach.
Mr Ojo, a former aide to former Ekiti governor, Segun Oni, was said to be nursing the ambition of contesting for the House of Representatives’ seat in 2019, fuelling suspicion of a possible politically motivated attack.
However, some have suggested that the area was prone to the activities of cultists, and the politician might have fallen victim of the activities of armed brigands.
Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Caleb Okechukwu, told PREMIUM TIMES, the incident was now under investigation and the police had activated all its intelligence machinery to track down the suspects.
“It is unconstitutional for anyone to open fire on another persons and taking his life,” he said. “So, we are on the trail of the suspects and by the grace of God will get them and bring them to book.”
He also dispelled any pre-emptive insinuations from any quarters, saying the matter is being investigated and nothing conclusive had been reached.
Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Government and the All Progressives Congress in the state, have accused each of other of compromising the peace and security of the state as a result of desperate politics.
They also charged the police and other security agencies to track down the killers and bring them to justice.
“The State was peaceful until May 5, 2018 when members of the APC openly disrupted the party’s primary election, with gunshots,” the government statement, issued by Governor Ayo Fayose’s media, Lere Olayinka, said.
“This was after Olalekan Taiwo, aide of one of the APC governorship aspirant, Dr Oluwole Oluleye had been shot on May 4.
“The violence at the APC primaries was followed up by the shootings at the party secretariat during a reception organized for Dr. Kayode Fayemi, which left Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele and six others injured as well as invasion of the State with thugs during the July 14 governorship election.
“It has therefore become necessary for Ekiti people to be vigilant especially now that the political environment is expected to be confronted with the case filed by Chief Segun Oni against Dr. Fayemi, challenging his eligibility to contest the APC primary as well as the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola at the Tribunal.”
But the APC in the state, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said the ruling People Democratic Party in the state should not make the people of the state suffer further in its hands, adding that the present government would certainly be made to account for all its atrocities, and brought to book for creating an atmosphere of bloodletting in a hitherto peaceful environment.
“Let it be known that the present state government is not free from all the insecurities pervading our state and will be held responsible as the mastermind. We deserve an explanation as to why Bunmi Ojo should be killed without provoking anyone,” said Mr Olatunbosun.
Mr Olatunbosun called on the federal government not to neglect Ekiti State “at this dark moment,” alleging that the ruling party was still in pain over its loss at the 14 July poll and threatening to have its pound of flesh on innocent citizens by taking away peace from the land.
He said Mr Ojo’s murder could not be far from “political machinations” and the assailants, “tools of a devilish politician” in the state.
“We will not rest until the assailants are fished out. This is a test of efficiency for the police and other security operatives,” Mr Olatunbosun said.