BY LEKE ADEGBITE
The governorship candidate of the people’s Democratic party (PDP), in Ondo state, Mr Eyitayo Jegede has described the attack on his campaign train at Oba Akoko by suspected APC thugs as a clear attempt of assassination on his life and his supporters ahead of October 10 election.
Addressing newsmen in Akure, Mr Jegede noted that firing bullets sporadically at his vehicles by the suspected political thugs confirmed insinuation that some elements want to murder him before the election day.
The PDP candidate who explained that he had reported various attacks on him and his supporters to the DSS and the state Commissioner of police, expressing displeasure that nobody had been arrested as a result of attacks on his team.
Mr Jegede said he had spoken with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on telephone to complain about the attack by the APC members, pointing out that the governor had promised to call his supporters to order.
The PDP governorship candidate advised desperate political class and their supporters to eschew violence as no election worth claiming the life of anybody.
Meanwhile, The Akeredolu/Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation has also condemned in strong terms what it called the continued and unprovoked attacks on the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the opposition PDP in Ondo State.
ATTACK ON GOVERNOR AKEREDOLU’S CAMPAIGN CONVOY IN OBA-AKOKO IS DESPICABLE, SIGN OF DESPERATION BY THE PDP
The Akeredolu/Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation condemns in strong terms the continued and unprovoked attacks on the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the opposition PDP in Ondo State.
Just today, Wednesday, the 16th of September, hoodlums of the Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), attacked the campaign convoy of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), at Oba-Akoko in Akoko South-West Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor, Arakunrin Akeredolu and the campaign train of the APC, were on their way to Ikare-Akoko, in continuation of the local government rally, when the thugs struck and attacked the convoy.
In their crass display of madness and thuggery, the hoodlums set ablaze the branded campaign vehicle donated to the Akeredolu/Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation by Ambassador Sola Iji.
The driver of the vehicle sustained bodily injury and he is now receiving treatment at a government hospital.
While we are shocked and saddened by this attack, we are not too surprised, because the PDP has shown that it is not focusing on issues in its campaign for the election. They will rather deploy violence and falsehood to score cheap political points.
We say this is despicable and we view it as a sign of desperation by opposition parties in the state, who can’t stand the popularity of the APC, as they have seen the handwriting of their imminent defeat in the coming election on the wall.
This unfortunate act is not only condemnable, but also deserves serious reprimand. So, we call on security agencies to investigate this latest attack by the PDP against the APC and bring the perpetrators to justice. This must not be swept under the carpet, as it portends a grave danger for the smooth conduct of the forthcoming Governorship election in the state.
While we await the necessary action from the security agencies to bring perpetrators to book, we want to warn those who are bent on formenting trouble in the state to desist.
The Akeredolu/Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation wishes to assure the numerous APC supporter to remain calm and the resist attempt to join these enemies of Ondo State in perpetrating violence. Victory is certain for the APC! We shall resist them through the ballot in a peaceful manner.
Olabode Richard Olatunde
Spokesperson, Akeredolu/Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organization.
September 16, 2020.