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Exposed: How Ekiti APC Sponsored Students Attack On ABUAD, Plans Same For Olayinka's Women Centre

By Oluwole Ogunlola

Investigations into the unusual students’ riot that left the campus of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) in shambles on Sunday night to Monday morning, have revealed that external forces sponsored the attacks with N18 million and still having same plan for the Adunni Olayinka Women Centre under construction in Fajuyi, Ado-Ekiti.

Reports have it that some elements from the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state clandestinely orchestrated the riots, owing to their displeasure about the support the state governor, Mr. Ayodel Fayose, was enjoying from the founder of the university, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) mainly on the Airport project in the state.

In a message sent across to the residents of the state by a group under the aegis of Ekiti Vanguard (e-Vanguard) on Thursday, and which read thus: "Ekiti APC sponsored students attack on Afe Babalola University with N18m! Plots attack on Funmi Olayinka Women Centre.

What manner of people are in this party?," indications have emerged that residents in the state were no longer in darkness of those who were behind the unprecedented attack on the first and only international private university in the state.

It should be noted that there had been no love lost between the APC and Aare Afe Babalola.

It should be recalled that in May 2007, some functionaries of the APC in Ekiti State led over 50 protesters to protest against Afe Babalola over what they called his involvement in Ekiti politics. They stormed the legal luminary chamber on Adekunle Fajuyi Road, Lekan Salami area at about 9.a.m., with placards of varied descriptions, asking Afe Babalola to hands off the politics of Ekiti.

Nine of the protesters, who were members of the Action Congress (AC) then were arrested and charged to court.

Also, during the administration of Engr Segun Oni, effort by the State government to construct a one kilometre road in ABUAD was condemned by APC, which was Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) then.

The e-Vanguard insinuated that some elements from the APC who were not pleased with the patriotic activities and supports Aare Afe Babalola are giving Governor Fayose on the Airport project among others, were the brains behind the students’ unrest and were still plotting similar attacks.

"It was scary and worrisome witnessing such a brutal unrest in an international citadel of learning. The unrest that visited ABUAD could not have happened let alone going that violent if not orchestrated and paid for by the bandwagons.

"Those who were not interested in the peaceful coexistence of residents in Ekiti, and the father to son relationship that existed between Ayo Fayose and Aare Afe Babalola have undoubtedly designed the attack to put Afe Babalola off balance, but they won't succeed," Ekiti Vanguard assured.

The group has also warned the plotters to desist from further plot to attack the ongoing Funmi Olayinka Women Centre situated at Fajuyi in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, saying even those involved in the ABUAD's crisis shall not go unpunished, as the investigations into the crisis continue.