Ekiti in Diaspora condemns electoral violence

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A socio-political and indigenous Ekiti organisation, Ekiti in Diaspora Development Initiatives (EDDI), has condemned what it described as “a violent and disgraceful act” the shooting and killing that marred the conduct of a by-election in Ekiti East Local Government of Ekiti State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had organised a by-election in Omuo-Ekiti and other towns in the constituency to replace the member of the state’s House of Assembly representing Ekiti East constituency.

The Assembly seat became vacant after the demise of the member representing Ekiti East constituency 1 in the House of Assembly, late Mr Juwa Adegbuyi.

Spokesman of the EDDI, Mr Ayodele Orebe, in a statement made available to newsmen at the weekend, said it was “unfortunate and very frustrating to suddenly realise that such undemocratic, barbaric and disgraceful act can still be perpetuated in the current age in Ekiti political terrain.”

Oreb, who expressed shock and disbelief at the development, said: “What was witnessed in Omuo-Ekiti during the by-election can best be classified as a classical act of domestic terrorism against the people of Ekiti East Local Government and Ekiti State at large.

“Currently, and in this 21st Century age, such uncivilised and barbaric act ought to have been a thing of the long lost past.

“We, therefore, appeal to both the state and federal governments to urgently intervene and fish out the criminal elements involved in the political killings; otherwise, it may become a template for the forthcoming 2022 governorship election and 2023 general elections.”

The EDDI sympathised with the families of those killed during the violent attack, especially the female police officer killed in the line of duty.

“I pray the souls of the departed shall rest in peace and also pray that God will give their families the fortitude to bear the unfortunate and unnecessary loss of their loved ones.”

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