Police Take Over Ekiti APC Secretariat
The protests that greeted Saturday’s inconclusive governorship primary of the All Progressives (APC) in Ekiti took a new turn on Monday as the police moved in to seal off the party’s secretariat.
Protesters, who claimed to be sympathetic to the aspiration of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, had besieged the secretariat on the Ajilosun-Ikere road where they announced the removal of the state executives led by Chief Jide Awe.
The protesters also announced the immediate formation of a pro-Fayemi caretaker committee.
Armed policemen, however, arrived the secretariat shortly and drove everyone out, after which the secretariat was sealed off.
The protesters said they were at the secretariat to register their disapproval over the conduct of the members of the State Working Committee.
The protesters, who brandished placards with various inscriptions, also passed vote of no confidence on Awe and the party’s spokesman, Taiwo Olatunbosun, alleging they were supporting a particular aspirant.
Relying on Article 21 (7) of the party’s constitution, the protesters disbanded the SWC and set up a Caretaker Committee headed by the APC Chairman in Ise/Orun Local Government Area, Mr Michael Egunjobi.
The protesters also laced the gate of the party with fetish materials made from palm oil and egg.
Awe, who was said to have narrowly escaped assault by the irate party members, was ferried to safety from the secretariat by mobile policemen.
At the time of filing this report, police vans were sighted still stationed at the secretariat which was under lock and key.
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