By Osagie Otabor, Akure
Eight persons have been injured and a vehicle razed in an attack between supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Oba Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The clash occurred on Wednesday when Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu campaign team ran into the campaign train of candidate of the PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, who was in the area for campaign.
PDP and APC have traded accusations over who was responsible for the attack.
A statement by Head, Media Research, Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation, Mr. Samuel Fasua, said five supporters of the party sustained injuries when the convoy of Governor Akeredolu started attacking the campaign team of Jegede.
He said three vehicles in the convoy of Jegede were damaged, while Jegede was held hostage inside the palace of the monarch, the Oloba of Oba, by gun-totting hoodlums suspected to be agents of the governor.
Fasua alleged: “Akeredolu was sighted inside the convoy while the attacks lasted. Police operatives at the location simply looked on in the face of the orgies of madness.
“In the last five days too, there have been series of attacks on PDP supporters at Aiyede-Ogbese community in Akure North Local Government, leading to machete and gun attacks and the burning of at least two houses of PDP members.
“These continued attacks on PDP members by Aketi’s political thugs are no doubt threatening the peace of our dear state.
“We earnestly call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police to intervene, to save the lives of people, who are being prevented by the powers-that-be in Ondo State from belonging to parties of their choice.”
But spokesman for Akeredolu Campaign Organisation, Olatunde Richard Olabode, said hoodlums loyal to Jegede attacked the convoy of Governor Akeredolu at Oba Akoko in Akoko Southwest Local Government.
Olabode said Governor Akeredolu’s campaign train was going to Ikare-Akoko in continuation of the local government campaign rally when the PDP struck and attacked the convoy of the campaign train.
“The branded campaign vehicle donated to Akeredolu campaign by Ambassador Sola Iji has been set ablaze by the PDP hoodlums.
“The driver of the vehicle sustained injury and is now receiving treatment at a government hospital.”