By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Few hours to the Saturday’s local government election in Ondo state, many supporters of both the All Progressives Congress, (APC) and the Action Democratic Congress, (ADC) were injured in a fracas that occurred in Ondo West local government area.
The clash was not unconnected with the local government elections scheduled for Saturday, August 22.
A total of 10 political parties are participating in the election, while about 15 vehicles were destroyed in the clash.
Reacting, the Ondo Police spokesman, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the clash and said many wounded persons have been hospitalized.
Ikoro said investigation was still on to unravel the cause of the clash.
State Chairman of the APC, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, said it was members of the ADC that attacked APC who were campaigning in the area.
Adetimehin who described the ADC as an alarmist party said the party was yet to get over harvest of its chieftains into the APC.
He said he advised APC members not to retaliate any attacks but to report at the nearest police station.
The Ondo APC chairman said the party is campaigning with achievements of Governor Akeredolu in infrastructural development, education, health, welfare and employment of young graduates.
Officials of the Ondo ADC were yet to react as at press time.
But, the governorship candidate of the ADC, Prince Dapo Adelegan condemned the violent attacks on his members.
ADC CONDEMNS VIOLENT ATTACK IN ONDO
The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has expressed outrage at the brutal attack on their members yesterday, in Ondo West Local Government during the party rally, by some APC members in Suurulere, Ondo.
The party leaders are deeply concerned about the repeated attacks on electorates in the week of the Local Government Chairman and Counsellors election.
Similar attack happened in Idanre 2days ago in this context of fear and violence which led to some lives being lost.
In a statement by the Party Governorship Candidate, Prince Adedapo Adelegan, he reiterated the condemnation of the attack, not just on his party members, but fear on Ondo State citizens.
He said, “we condemn in the strongest possible terms this vicious attack on electorates at this critical time in Ondo State. It is against humanity to deny people from expressing their rights to promote their party and preferred candidate for an office.
“This attack on Ondo State electorates, no matter which party they belong, is highly unacceptable under any circumstances. Therefore, I appeal to party leaders of all contesting parties in Ondo State to call their members to order and allow peace to reign.
“I also appeal to the Executive Governor Akeredolu as the Chief Security Officer of our State, to ensure the reign of peace and tranquillity at this period.”
The Africa Democratic Congress offers it deepest condolences to all the families and communities affected by these senseless acts and calls for greater effort to protect citizens and electorates for the Chairman and counsellor election process tomorrow and the upcoming Governorship election in October.