A timely intervention by the police and other security agencies yesterday prevented what would have been a bloody clash among youths supporting President Muhammadu Buhari and those rooting for Governor Ayo Fayose yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State.
The Buhari supporters who are beneficiaries of the Npower scheme had gathered at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) for walk to mark one year of the empowerment programme in the state.
Some youths believed to have been mobilised from the Government House stormed the place singing the praises of Fayose and his ‘anointed’ candidate Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola.
As the Npower beneficiaries displayed banners hailing Buhari for empowering them through the scheme, Fayose’s supporters displayed various placards hailing the governor and proclaiming support for Olusola ahead of the governorship poll.
Tension mounted as youths on both sides exchanged words.
The pro-Buhari youths described the action of pro-Fayose youths as “provocative.”
But policemen and other security agents quickly intervened and dispersed the pro-Fayose youths.
They also protected the pro-Buhari youths to the venue of their celebration at AB Hotel, along Olora Road.
The scenario is seen as a dress rehearsal for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti expected to be a fierce battle between the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).