Suspected thugs on Wednesday attacked the convoys of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Eyitayo Jegede in Oba Akoko, Akoko Southwest Local Government Area of the state.
Both candidates were in the town for political campaigns ahead of October 10 polls.
Spokesman of the Akeredolu/Ayedatiwa campaign organisation Richard Olabode alleged that PDP thugs attacked Akeredolu’s convoy and set a campaign vehicle ablaze.
“ln 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,” he said.
Spokesman of the PDP in Ondo Kennedy Petetei countered in a statement, saying Jegede’s 10 campaign vehicles were vandalised while he was at the palace of Oloba of Oba, Oba Nathaniel Adegoroye, the traditional ruler of the town.
“Some of his supporters sustained varying degree of injuries and have been taken to a nearby hospital.
“The attackers who were hooded stormed the location after alighting from the convoy of the State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu who himself was passing by the area at the time.
“Eyewitness said neither Akeredolu nor the police operatives in the governor’s convoy did anything to stop the attackers. Everybody was taken by surprise. Aketi people were passing before they stopped abruptly, and before you Jack, these masked men rushed down and started breaking Jegede’s vehicles,” he said.
Ondo police spokesman Tee lkoro confirmed the clash in the community, saying the police commissioner Bolaji Salami had deployed mobile policemen to curtail the crisis.