Political thugs attack AD supporters in Owo

By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye

Two supporters of the Alliance for Democracy(AD) in Ondo state were reportedly attacked in Owo Local Government Area of the state of the state by suspected political thugs. The two victims, Sunday Akadiri and Adeniran Adeyemi, were said to be pasting posters of the AD gubernatorial candidate, Olusola Oke, when they were allegedly assaulted by members of the All Progressives Congress(APC)

Akadiri, who spoke to reporters at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, where he has been admitted, alleged that his assailants were supporters of APC governorship flag bearer, Rotimi Akeredolu(SAN).

At his hospital bed, Akadiri said: “My leader, Babatolu, gave me some posters of AD to paste. While I was pasting the posters at Isokunodo Street, Mobil Area, some people in two buses branded in APC colours came.

“They disembarked from the buses, moved towards me and started hitting me with machetes. They took me from the area to the compound of a rival governorship candidate who is an indigene of the town.

“When I fainted and they thought I had given up the ghost, they took me to a burial ground and dumped me there. An Okada rider saw me and took me to the hospital.

“My attackers collected N150, 000 and an Infinix Hot 2 phone from me. It was my elder brother who gave me the money to give to those working at his site.”

Akadiri identified some of the assailants as Ojo popularly known as Skypoand Tope, saying he had earlier been warned by some people not to paste posters of any candidate who is not an Owo indigene.

The other victim, Adeniran, who was stabbed in the head and right shoulder, explained that he was attacked because he did not support Akeredolu.

“I was formerly member of PDP. I recently defected to AD with my friend and leader, Obanoyen Kasseem. But this did not go down well with some people who accused me of not supporting Aketi who is an Owo indigene.

“They stabbed me because I don’t support Aketi. Don’t I have the right to support anybody I like.  After all, Akeredolu is not feeding me. I have reported the matter at the police station, Ijebu-Owo,” he said.

Media aide to the AD candidate, Rotimi Ogunleye, lamented the spate of attacks on members of the the party, few weeks to the November 26 governorship election in the state.

He urged security agencies to ensure that lives and properties are protected before, during and after the election, warning that people should not be allowed to law into their hands.

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