- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has reacted to recent clash of APC and PDP supporters that resulted in the destruction of properties in Ondo
- Akeredolu called on Eyitayo Jegede, his rival, to warn his supporters as he promised to do the same
- Moreover, the police commissioner in the state, Bolaji Salami, also urged politicians and party chairmen in the state to avoid violence in preparation for the election
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Ahead of the Ondo governorship election, the governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has called on his opponent, Eyitayo Jegede, to maintain peace during his campaign.
This warning from Governor Akeredolu came after some vehicles reportedly belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s candidate were destroyed by thugs in the Akoko Southwest local government area of the state.
In a message sent through Olabode Olatunde, the spokesman of the Akeredolu/Ayedatiwa Campaign Organisation, the governor warned Jegede to caution his supporters in his next rally.
The message partly read: “Akeredolu promised to caution his supporters to order just as he urged Jegede to do the same with his supporters.
“Akeredolu urged the police to properly align the campaign itinerary of political parties to avoid conflict.”
On his part, the state's commissioner of police, Bolaji Salami, called on all political rivals to carry out their campaign activities peacefully and work towards a violence-free election.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that concerns had been raised and allegations made that some thugs loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo are beginning to strike terror in the minds of residents.
The claim was made by Segun Sowunmi, a spokesman for Atiku Abubakar during his presidential campaign in 2019.
Sowunmi in a statement made available to Legit.ng alleged that the thugs were working with the approval of the Ondo state government to taunt Jegede.
He went on to claim that the hoodlums recently went about shooting and destroying Jegede's vehicles in front of the Oba's palace. The former aide to Atiku said that this worrisome development is a grim reminder of the mayhem that took place in 1983 in Ondo, a history which should not be repeated.
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