The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Mr Jackson Adebayo, was on Friday night attacked by three armed men in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. Narrating his experience on Saturday after receiving treatment at a private hospital, Jackson, whose head was smashed with gun butt, said he was accosted by three armed men on a motorbike at Federal Housing Estate area of the town at about 9pm on Friday.
"I was going for a vigil in the church when three armed men on a motorbike accosted me. Two of them came down with their guns and started shooting sporadically. They started smashing my head against the hard asphalt on the road and the man on the bike ordered them to shoot me, but the men said they should leave me.
"I wouldn't describe it as a robbery case because apart from my phone and tablet that they took, the money they found when they ransacked my pockets, was returned. Few days ago, I issued a press release on the purported trip of Mrs Aisha Buhari to America on behalf of our party and I started receiving threat calls on my phones.
"The callers were threatening me to leave the woman alone and few day later, this happened. We are in a democracy and we have the right to speak as a party. If anybody thinks by engaging in violence they can silence us and our party, they are mistaken. We are for the people and the voice of the people is the voice of God," he said.
Also commenting on the development, the State Chairman of PDP, Mr Gboyega Oguntuase, accused the opposition All Progressives. Congress (APC) of formenting violence in the state.
"APC are known for eliminating those against them. They killed no fewer than 12 people when they were in government here. From Chief Awolumate who was killed in Omuo-Ekiti, to Ayo Jeje and Juliana Adewumi who were killed in Erijiyan.
They also killed Foluso Ogundare in Emure-Ekiti to Chief Omolafe Aderiye that they killed in Ado-Ekiti, their stock in trade is murder of opposition figures.
"Since they have started to go for my executive and party members, we are calling on the people of the state and God to save us from their hands. They have failed to alleviate the economic woes in Nigeria and as far as we are concerned, we are committed to our goal of making Ekiti a better place to live in and we are for peace," he said.