- Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the APC has been inaugurated as the governor of Ondo after winning the December election in the state
- But a political clash which happened in the state allegedly as a result of the plan by some AD members to join the APC has led to the death of four people
Reports say at least four people died during a bloody clash that occurred between two rival court groups and which allegedly started at the All Progressives Congress secretariat in Ondo town just as Oluwarotimi Akeredolu took the oath of office as governor of Ondo state.
The clash was said to have followed the decision of some former APC members, who left for the Alliance of Democracy (AD) to return to the now ruling party in the state.
The members had left the party in the heat of the crisis that followed the emergence of Akeredolu during the primary election.
The Punch reports that the clash began at the APC secretariat located at Yaba Street in Ondo town before it spread to different locations in the town adding that the bodies of those killed were found at Enuowa Street.
The report also quoted some residents as saying that one of the killed cult members wore APC-branded clothes used at the inauguration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
It also quoted the public relations officer of the Ondo state police command, Mr Femi Joseph, as confirming the incident adding that investigation into the incident had commenced.
The police chief however claimed the clash had nothing to do with the inauguration of Akeredolu or the reception organised for former Governor Olusegun Mimiko in Ondo town on Friday.
“It was a clash between cult groups. The deceased were members of the groups and we have begun investigation on the incident,” he said adding that two people had been arrested over the issue.
Denying that the APC was involved in the clash, the deputy chairman of APC in the state, Mr Ade Adetimehin, said members of his were law-abiding and would not be involved in violence at any level.
He said: “I don’t know those who were involved in the clash. But I am sure that they are not members of the APC.”