PDP-APC CLASH: JEGEDE ACCUSES THUGS OF DISRUPTING CAMPAIGN
The Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organization (EJCO) on Tuesday alleged that the campaign team candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, was attacked by suspected political thugs at Ipele community in Owo Local Government Area of the state.
The PDP campaign team also alleged the destruction of campaign posters of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) which was a handiwork of youths suspected to be thugs loyal to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
In a statement titled, ‘Attack on the PDP team in Ipele Owo,’ the organization said, ‘Our campaign team was again attacked by members of the APC in Ipele who had blocked access to the palace of the king and the maternal home of the PDP candidate, in a bid to deny him access to both places earlier scheduled to be visited by Mr Eyitayo Jegede.
‘Prior to our entry into Ipele, touts and miscreants belonging to the APC had unleashed terror on our members. These miscreants were dispersed by a joint team of police and NSCDC officers.
‘We would like to warn the APC and its outgoing government to know very clearly that no single individual has the monopoly of violence. While we are very cautious about the broad implication of promoting violence in this election, we however would not be intimated in our pursuit of victory in the polls.’
Ade Adetimilehin, the state chairman of the APC absolved his party of such a debasing attitude. He said: ‘It cannot be true. We have tutored our members not to be violent or engage in thuggery or violence.
‘Why should our members even bother about the PDP or their posters? The party is not in this race. They are just going to participate in the election. We are concerned about the election and they should stop all these childish and unfounded allegations.’
He, however, called on security agencies in the state to investigate the allegation and unearth those behind the said destruction.
Olatunde further disclosed ‘No fewer than 20 cars were destroyed and many innocent people of Ipele and Ijebu Owo injured. We want to place it on record that Eyitayo Jegede is the drumming beat of war. We are preparing for an election that will be determined by the people of this state. The people of Owo are oppressed and victimised by the PDP today.’
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