Bloody politicking returned to Ekiti State on Friday, as former Governor Kayode Fayemi survived assassination in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, says the All Progressives Congress in the state.
Fayemi resigned his appointment on Wednesday as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development and was returning to the state on Friday in a welcome party planned by APC.
The party’s Publicity Secretary in the state, Rt.Hon Taiwo Olatunbosun, narrated the incident in a statement.
He said: “It was a smooth ride from Akure Airport to Ikere-Ekiti where thousands of supporters came out to give him a rousing welcome.
“Ikere-Ekiti journey to Ado-Ekiti, a distance of about nine kilometres, lasted two hours in a heavy traffic that was punctuated by four gunmen suspected to be agents of the state government who strategically positioned themselves at the party’s secretariat in Ado-Ekiti for the attack.
One of the assailants dressed in mobile police uniform was apprehended and he is now helping the police in their investigation.
“They fired gunshots aimed at Fayemi but hit a former lawmaker, Opeyemi Bamidele, after the former minister had taken a few steps forward before the bullets hit the target.
Bamidele and other victims were immediately rushed to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, where doctors are responding to his treatment.
“Bamidele was fatally wounded in the attack while others also sustained various degrees of injuries.
Other victims in the hospital included Olabode Joshua, Olanrewaju Gbenga, Adebayo Ogunjemilehin, Ogunmodede Oluwole and Alex Adeleye”.