Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), and the Ekiti State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Friday escaped death while an APC governorship aspirant, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, and another supporter were hit when a mobile policeman allegedly attached to the governor fired shots at the APC State Secretariat in Ajilosun area of the state capital, Ado Ekiti.
The unnamed policeman had tried to push back the crowd which surged forward as Akeredolu and Fayemi stepped out of the upper floor of the state secretariat but resorted to firing shots in the air when the large number of supporters did not budge.
He fired shots at the ground that ricocheted and hit Bamidele and some other persons at the venue.
He was said o be angry at the way party supporters tried to mob dignitaries at the secretariat.
The crowd then descended on the policeman and almost lynched him, hitting him with sticks and stones before he was rescued by his colleagues.
The incident caused a stir as rumour mongers immediately went to town, claiming the shots were fired by an assassin targeting Fayemi.
However, witnesses doused the falsehood even as it was confirmed that the policeman was attached to the Ondo State governor.
Bamidele started muttering, “I have been hit by a bullet, I have been hit by a bullet,” repeatedly before he was rushed into a waiting car.
The cameraman of Core TV in Ekiti, Sunkanmi Ogunmuko, also sustained injuries in the ensuing melee. Other reporters at the scene scaled the fence to safety to avoid being hit by bullets.
Bamidele was swiftly rushed to the hospital while the other victim was feared to have died.
Fayemi resigned from his position as the minister of Mines and solid Minerals development on Wednesday and returned to a rousing welcome in Ado Ekiti on Friday.
Unconfirmed reports said the policeman was believed to be drunk and had been cautioned by his colleagues earlier in the day.
They were said to have advised him to surrender his weapon since he appeared to be behaving funny but he did not heed the counsel before the incident occurred.
There were fears that he may have died as a result of the beating he received from APC supporters.
When contacted by Channels Television, spokesperson for the Ekiti State Police Command, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu, said the mobile policeman was on illegal duty in the state.
“He’s not a fake policeman. He’s our officer but he was on illegal duty in Ekiti State. He was an officer posted as guard at a bank in Ikeja, Lagos but he illegally escorted a politician to Ekiti State on illegal duty.
“The politician came from Lagos to attend the rally. The politician has also been quizzed,” He said.