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PDP infighting escalates ahead of Jonathan's Ekiti visit

06 June 2014, 09:46Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - There is mounting People’s Democratic Party intraparty violence ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to Ekiti State this weekend.

The  Ekiti Youth Emancipation Movement (EYEM) said it was disturbed that the PDP supporters had been at each other’s throats adding that the latest incident led to a vicious armed assault on a woman,. Tosin Aluko, and several of her supporters who were accused of fraternizing with another party.

The group’s Women Leader, Akin Adeboye, said Aluko, a former local chairperson of the party in Ado-Ekiti Local Government, was attacked by PDP thugs leaving her cloth in shreds.
She was almost stripped naked.

“It was a very horrifying scene to watch the broad day attack on a mother. She was attacked by armed men, they tore her cloth and left her covered in her own blood. We understand she was attacked in the presence of her twin children. We urge the PDP leaders to show restraint and demonstrate respect for women in her midst,” the group said.

The group said that no fewer than 15 people were attacked with guns and cutlasses during the fracas that left at least five women hospitalized.

“We see this as a very crude way of playing politics. If the PDP can do this to itself, one can imagine what the party will do to the members of other opposing political parties.”

EYEM said that since the PDP primary, which Ayo Fayose won, the party’s leaders have found it difficult to resolve the internal feud through dialogue and debate but have rather resorted to violence.

“The PDP has three forms of violence. The one the party unleashes on the people, the one unleashed on the dissent within the party and the one focusing on members of political parties opposed to the PDP,” the group alleged.    

-  CAJ News


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