Violence explodes at “do-or-die” primary election in southwestern Nigerian state of Ekiti Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 4, 2021


Violence exploded on Saturday at the venue of a primary election in the southwestern Nigerian state of Ekiti where former friends seem ready to battle to death.

Ballot boxes were said to have been snatched or destroyed by political hoodlums, local media reported.

At least two persons were said to have died with their pictures shared on Facebook.

There are many candidates, but attention seems focused on ex-Senator Babafemi Ojudu and ex-Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The primary election has been suspended indefinitely.

Ojudu and Fayemi were two good friends who have now been separated by politics.

Why it matters: The governorship election in Ekiti state later this year, would likely set the tone for the general elections in Nigeria next year. The current governor of that state is seen as a thorn in the flesh of President Muhammadu Buhari, and a strong candidate from the president’s party would likely defeat his handpicked candidate.

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