Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Barely 24 hours after a peace accord was signed in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) broke loose on Wednesday and launched a fresh attack on members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The publicity secretary of APC in Ondo state, Alex Kalejaye in a statement on Wednesday said thugs were on the entourage of Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, who came into the state with several trucks, loaded with fierce-looking young men from Ibadan.
The APC members attacked were said to be mainly from Ilaje and Ondo West Local Government areas, were on their way to Akure, to attend the party’s grand finale.
According to him, the incident happened around Owena market, in Ondo East Local Government, along Ondo-Akure Road.
A total of seven members of APC were said to have been hospitalised in a private hospital in Ondo. The situation would have been worse, but for the quick intervention of a chieftain of APC from the Ondo Kingdom, Chief Olabisi Johnson, and the Ondo East council boss, Hon. Wale Akinkuotu.
He said, “The APC is distressed that Mr Makinde has no regards for the peace accord that has just been signed by all the parties candidates, to ensure rancour-free and peaceful conduct of the gubernatorial election.
“We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to call Mr Makinde to order. We are preparing for an election in Ondo State, not war.
“We are not unaware of his unparalleled penchant for violence and thuggery. However, Political rascality and disregard for decency are not part of our culture in Ondo State.”
“We appeal to our members to put the interest of the State ahead and promote every effort to ensure a smooth process. Our core desire is to encourage the electorate to be fully involved in the election on Saturday.”