Ekiti APC governorship primary turns violent, suspended indefinitely

Ekiti APC governorship primary

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Ekiti State was on Saturday suspended indefinitely after violence broke out at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado-Ekiti, venue of the exercise.

Efforts by security men to restore sanity failed.

A meeting of the 33 aspirants and Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa, who is leading the team conducting the primary election, ended in stalemate.

Al-Makura was guarded into his car and driven away without briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting.

Some protesters alleged that attempts were being made by some party officials to compromise the process.

The protest, which turned violent, led to party officials, aspirants and their followers as well as journalists to run for safety as gunshots were heard in and around the stadium.

An agent of former Governor Kayode Fayemi was accused of trying to manipulate voters.

Mr Fayemi’s agent, Adedeji Adewumi, however, said the other agents chose to disrupt the process because they saw that the voting was in favour of his aspirant.

Director General of the Babafemi Ojudu Campaign Organisation, Ranti Adebisi, also confirmed that there were suspicions that the election was being compromised.