Lawmaker, others injured as governor’s,
senator’s supporters clash in Ekiti
There was tension yesterday at Omuo-Ekiti,
Kota-Ekiti and other communities in Ekiti East
Local Government Area of Ekiti State, following a
bloody clash between supporters of Governor
Ayo Fayose and those of Senate Deputy Minority
Whip Biodun Olujimi.
People were said to have been
wounded at a meeting of Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) members in Kota-Ekiti on Sunday. It
was attended by members from both factions.
The House of Assembly member representing
Ekiti East Constituency II, Dare Pelemo, who is a
loyalist of Fayose, was said to have been among
A source told our reporter yesterday that many
of the victims of the attack are receiving
treatment at undisclosed hospitals in Omuo and
Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Residents scampered to safety and stayed away
until the dust of the clash cleared.
Fayose and Olujimi are locked in a cold war over
the latter’s governorship ambition; the governor
allegedly warned Olujimi to drop her governorship
ambition but the senator reportedly rebuffed the
The crisis reached a crescendo two weeks ago
when two House of Assembly members –
Michael Adeojo (Ekiti Southwest II) and Ojo Ade
Fajana (Ekiti East 1) – were investigated for
their alleged loyalty and closeness to Olujimi.
A source said the clash erupted over alleged
plan to take control of the meeting by one of the
factions, which snowballed into physical combat
in which missiles were hurled on both sides.
Assembly member Pelemo, the source said, had
his clothes torn by Olujimi’s supporters, who
mobilised to attack him for “attempting to
advance Fayose’s interest” at the meeting.
The source said: “The meeting ended in disarray
as the team loyal to Senator Olujimi and team
loyal to Governor Fayose exchanged fisticuffs.
“The House of Assembly member representing
Ekiti East Constituency II, Pelemo, was beaten up
while other members of the team loyal to
Governor Fayose ran for their lives.”