Violence breaks out at Ekiti APC primaries as agents clash

Violence breaks out at Ekiti APC primaries as agents clash

The development comes after thugs invaded the venue of the election exercise in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, and broke the ballot boxes.

Our correspondent observed security agencies leading one man in handcuffs out of the premises for allegedly trying to grab the ballot box.

Fayemi's agent, while reacting to the protest stated that the protest and subsequent violence was gang up against the Minister that led to the spurious allegation, accusing those peddling rumour as enemies of APC.

"The chairman of the electoral committee (Al-Makura) and the aspirants agreed that the exercise should be suspended indefinitely". The process has been compromised.

Abejide said: "It was a proviso that if you are a delegate who can't read and write, you can call any of the agents".

They also stated that the people of Ekiti have shown they would not support the former governor in compromising democracy in the state and Fayemi now knows he does not have Ekiti in his pocket. "When they saw that I was the one being called, they started feeling the heat and they were determined to disrupt it".

"No amount of blackmail will stop or derail us".

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One of the aspirants, Femi Bamisile, confirmed after the meeting, that the election had been suspended and no date has been fixed for a fresh exercise.

Tinubu stated: "I believe those in charge of the primary in Ekiti will do the right thing". The results have not been counted, so that was an assumption.

Two former governors and three former senators are among the 33 governorship aspirants testing their popularity in Saturday's primaries. "The Ekiti people are set for the APC and we will make sure we produce a candidate that is acceptable to the people".

He also warned aspirants against desperation and violence in the election, saying that, as leaders of the party, they should avoid unruly behaviour that could lead to anarchy.

However, Bimbo Daramola, one of the aspirants, who said he was not permitted to speak for the committee, said the aspirants during the meeting urged the organising committee to take a second look at the process.

Fayose, who reacted through his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said; "The whole world can now see the so-called progressives".

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