For the second time in less than 48 hours, the Ekiti State chapters of the All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party State engaged in a fresh round of verbal war over insecurity in the state.
The two parties had on Saturday locked horns over the killing of a guest and kidnap of his wife and daughter by gunmen on Friday evening along Ayetoro – Ewu Ekiti Road.
The APC, however, in a statement by its state Caretaker Publicity Secretary on Monday, titled, ‘Could Ekiti PDP be behind the targeted security breaches in Ekiti State?’, blamed the insecurity in the state and the country on the alleged incompetence of PDP while in power in the state and at the federal level.
Ade Ajayi said, “Some of the conditions that birthed these challenges originated and were nurtured during the years of misrule by the PDP at the state and national levels. We would, however, not join issues with the Ekiti PDP on this since they have demonstrated a lack of cognitive capacity to comprehend state affairs.
“We would rather concentrate on doubling up our efforts to address the problems. We would concentrate on working with well-meaning people to ensure our homes; our roads, our farms, our workplaces, our educational institutions, our places of worship, and every other space in Ekiti is safe and secure,” he said.
But the PDP state Publicity Secretary, Raphael Adeyanju, faulted APC’s claim that insecurity started and was nurtured during the PDP days, saying, “This is a very laughable allegation. How can a failed ruling party accuse us of sponsoring kidnappings and killings?
“They have killed, maimed and committed all sorts of atrocities, which we have exposed and which they have not found any meaningful explanation for. Any time you challenge them, they always resort to insults, Ekiti people know the difference between the two parties.”