Chief Jide Awe, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ekiti state on Friday said the party’s flag bearer, Dr. Kayode Fayemi was a target of shooting during the party’s rally .
The APC, as gathered was holding its takeoff campaign for the July 14 governorship election at its secretariat in Ado-Ekiti when what appeared to be an accidental discharge occurred.
A member of the seventh House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele, and another party faithful were reported wounded by an armed policeman as a result of the incident.
The police authorities in the state have confirmed the incident, stating that they have begun an investigation into the shooting.
The party chairman, Awe declared that the shooting was aimed at Fayemi, the party’s governorship candidate, while Bamidele coincidentally fell victim of the shot.
He disclosed further that the man who fired the shot was dressed in a mobile police uniform, adding that the former Reps member was walking with the former minister.
“When he shot at the crowd, I believe sincerely that he (the police) aimed at Dr Kayode Fayemi but narrowly, he (Fayemi) was pushed by somebody walking behind him,” Mr Awe revealed during a telephone interview on Channels TV.
“Opeyemi Bamidele was equally very near him and the shot hit him. But I can say authoritatively that he’s not badly hit, and he is recovering as we are talking,” he added.
The APC chairman, who witnessed the incident, informed that those at the scene thought the shot was fired by an overzealous officer who was trying to pay respect to the former minister.
Asked how sure he was about his claim that Fayemi was the target of the shooting, Chief Awe insisted, “To a reasonable extent because he and Bamidele were walking together but narrowly, he was pushed by somebody behind him (although not intentional).
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