APC in Ekiti State has demanded that explanation be giving in respect of the shooting that took place in the state during a rally at the party secretariat in the state. Opeyemi Bamidele who was A former member of the House of Representatives, and another member of the APC were injured on Friday in the incident which was assumed to be an accidental discharge by a police officer.
Following the APC party’s demand, the police had disclosed that the officer who fired the shot was on an illegal duty and had already been arrested and is in the police custody. The flag-off rally was supposed to signal the beginning of the campaign of Dr Kayode Fayemi, ahead of the July 14 election, before it turned sour.
The APC Chairman in the state, Mr Jide Awe, however, insisted that there was more to the shooting rather than the opinion of accidental discharge held in some quarters. Mr Jide Awe who is the state party chairman questioned why the claimed accidental discharge of firearm had to take place close to the governorship candidate and hit Mr Bamidele whom he said was walking with the state governor.
Mr Awe challenged the police to unravel the circumstances around the alarming development and investigate the alleged possible involvement of the state government. Mr Awe has dared the state police command to investigate the ugly incident as he is very much sure that the state governor have a hand in it.
“The policeman is not known to us or invited by us and we believe he had a mission. With the shooting taking place close to where our candidate Dr Fayemi was standing, we do not need a soothsayer to tell us what this could be,” he stated.
Mr. Awe also alleged, “The state government had been making a lot of uncomplimentary remarks against our party candidate and the planned welcome rally, and they were too quick to react when the shooting occurred, thus, raising suspicion.”
Awe said the party has suspended its campaign for evaluations and review of security network for its political activities in the state. In a swift response to the allegations, the state government dismissed insinuations that it has a hand in the crisis, as claimed by the APC.
Mr Lere Olayinka, who is the media aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose said, “We are not involved in violence and thank God the police have come out to say that the officer who shot at the venue was brought from Lagos.
“He was among the armed policemen who came with a member of their party. What is their interest in the election in Ekiti?” the governor’s spokesman queried.