No fewer than 20 persons sustained varying degrees of injuries in Omuo Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti East Local government area of Ekiti State, as supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) clashed during a campaign rally.

Members of the APC were said to be holding a joint rally for the senatorial candidate in Ekiti South District, Dayo Adeyeye, and the House of Representatives candidate in Ekiti South Federal Constituency, Femi Bamisile, on Monday evening, when the suspected PDP thugs invaded the rally and launched attacks on them.

There are claims that those who carried out the attacks are alleged loyalists to the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi and senatorial candidate of the PDP in Ekiti South.

Some APC supporters: Adeniyi Saliu , Kayode Ojo and Adeniyi Ayo, who sustained deep cut in the heads, back and stomach, have been referred to Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti for intensive medicare.

Another 15 were said to have been wounded during the unexpected attack.

'No Monopoly Of Violence' 

It was gathered that those who committed the crime had fled the town and were being trailed by the police for possible arrest and prosecution.

A former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and an APC House of Representative candidate, Bamisile described the attack as unfortunate, barbaric and uncalled for.

Bamisile said the desperation of some PDP members is becoming a threat to democracy and called on security agencies in the state to apprehend the perpetrators of the latest ugly development in the area without further delay.

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“APC as a party will not fold arms and watch its members attacked by members of other political parties, hence the need for a strong warning to troublemakers to retrace their steps and allow peace to reign in the land.

“Nobody has monopoly of violence, therefore PDP members should be aware of that, and stop provoking peace loving APC members in the state,” he said.

Adeyeye, warned miscreants and political thugs planning violence and mayhem in the build up to Saturday general elections to be careful or risk being sent to prison.

Adeyeye, while reacting to the attack on the APC members in Omuo Ekiti allegedly sponsored by Senator Olujimi and the PDP, said the long arms of the law would catch up with the thugs no matter how fast they run.

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