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The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State has accused the wife of the state Governor, Bisi Fayemi, of being responsible for the violent protest by the students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, which led to the death of some students and vandalisation of properties.
The National New Media Group under PDP express condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the violent protest.
The group in a statement through its State Coordinator, Bola Agboola, asked why the similar protests which took place in Ikole Ekiti did not turn violent.
“In Ikole Ekiti, students of the Ikole Campus of FUOYE also protested yesterday. The protest went smoothly ostensibly because there was no police interruption.”
“The chiefs in Ikole Ekiti addressed the students, calmed them down and promised them necessary intervention and that was the end of the protest,” the group said.
NNMG stated that the wife of the state Governor did not address the student like a leader while on tour of local councils in the State.
The group stated that Feyemi’s wife should have addressed the protesting students and at least “promising them that government will intervene in their plight.”
The PDP-NNMG, which lamented the loss of lives and properties, added that “Information has it that the students only wanted to express their frustration on lack of power supply and exorbitant bills by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to the governor’s wife and question must be asked as to why one of the policemen in her entourage slapped one of the students.”
“We were in Ekiti State when Ekiti State University (EKSU) students protested over the imposition of N10,000 late registration fee and the governor then, Ayo Fayose did not order policemen to shoot the students. Instead, he allowed them to come to the Governor’s Office where he personally addressed the protesting students and calmed them down.”
While querying the rationale behind the local governments’ tour embarked upon by the governor’s wife, the PDP-NNMG asked; “In what capacity is the governor’s wife touring local councils in Ekiti State? Where is the fund coming from? Has she replaced her husband as governor of Ekiti State?”