by Isi Esene
Ekiti governor-elect, Ayo Fayose has challenged Governor Kayode Fayemi to visit the family of the murdered former Ekiti State Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Omolafe Aderiye.
Violence erupted in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital following news of the NURTW former Chairman who is a known supporter of Fayose.
During his visit, Fayose met with the wife of the deceased, Funmilayo saying her husband’s death is politically motivated. He described his murder as “barbaric” and “a political killing.”
“We were together till about 5pm yesterday, (Thusrday). But taking his life is not an option. It is not the best. This is irreparable and we have come here to condole with the family.
“If this other party are sure they are not the one responsible for the killing, they should be courageous enough to come and pay a condolence visit to his family,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ekiti State police spokesman, Victor Babayemi, has announced the arrest of a number of suspects over the violence that erupted in the state today.
Babayemi released a statement today detailing the efforts so far taken by the police to contain the violence.
The office of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ado Local Government’s office and three campaign buses at the APC state secretariat in Ajilosun were burnt by hoodlums who also made bonfire.
Several properties including the house and vehicles of a former chairman of Ekiti State Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Rotimi Olabiwoninu, and Keke NAPEP given out under poverty eradication programme of the state government were also burnt.
Olabiwoninu is a staunch loyalist of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Babayemi warned that anyone found flouting the order or breaking the law will be dealt with in accordance with the law.