The secretariat of the Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction loyal to the National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, was yesterday attacked by suspected political thugs.
The building on Nova Road Junction in Adebayo, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, was vandalised in the morning with some facilities destroyed in the process.
The invaders scaled the fence, smashed windows, uprooted poles and tore the party flags hoisted on them.
The secretariat is the operational base of the Williams Ajayi-led faction.
The other faction, led by Gboyega Oguntuase, is loyal to Senator Ahmed Makarfi and backed by Governor Ayodele Fayose.
An Ado-Ekiti Federal High Court on January 24 declared the Ajayi-led group as the authentic state executive, ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do business with it.
But last week, the Court of Appeal in Ado-Ekiti ordered a stay of execution and held that the two factions maintain status quo, pending the determination of the substantive suit before it.
Deputy Chairman of the Ajayi faction Olasunkanmi Ogunbiyi alleged that the attack was carried out by the Oguntuase faction.
He called on security agencies to up their game and prevent breakdown of law and order.
Ogunbiyi said: “We left the office on Tuesday at 6pm only to return yesterday about 7am and saw our flags down.
“The assailants scaled the fence and destroyed the flags and windows.
“They tried to enter the office, but they could not. As we speak now, our lives are being threatened and we want the public to be aware of this.
“However, we had an inkling of the attack when we were threatened by one of the Oguntuase’s executive.
“Last week, Governor Fayose went to a nearby spot within the vicinity of the office and distributed rice to the people.
“We are sure that the Oguntuase’s people are behind this and we need prompt action from the security agencies”.
But the spokesman of the Oguntuase faction, Jackson Adebayo, denied the accusation, claiming that “erosion and rainstorm” might have affected the secretariat
Adebayo said: “I saw what they are calling the press for and I concluded that they are still in shock how they got to that sorry pass.
“Storm and erosion affected the building and they are claiming that reasonable people would leave their jobs to dig their fences and destroy blocks.
“They should be pitied rather than responded to.”