Ondo election: Akeredolu, Jegede clash over arrest of suspected thugs

Ondo election: Akeredolu, Jegede clash over arrest of suspected thugs

- Tension has gripped Ondo ahead of the state guber election slated for October 10

- Suspected thugs have been arrested with different weapons inside a Toyota Sienna bus branded with Jegede’s campaign pictures

- The development has now created bickering between Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and PDP flagbearer Eyitayo Jegede

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With less than a month to the Ondo election, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have been entangled in a fresh confrontation over the arrest of some thugs suspected to be working for Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the opposition party.

The thugs, who were busted in Ifon in Ose local government area in a vehicle branded in the colour of PDP and its candidate, were arrested with various ammunition, according to ThisDay report.

The suspected political thugs were inside a Toyota Sienna bus branded with Jegede’s campaign pictures when they met their waterloo on Sunday, September 20.

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Jegede and PDP have, however, distanced themselves from thugs, creating a fresh face-off between the former Ondo attorney general and the incumbent governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Ondo election: Akeredolu, Jegede clash over arrest of suspected thugs
Tension has gripped Ondo ahead of the state guber election slated for October 2020. Credit: ThisDay.
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The Ondo state guber election has been scheduled for October 10, 2020, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with the poll set to stage a repeated battle between the two senior lawyers who crossed paths in 2016.

Reacting to the arrest of the thugs, Governor Akeredolu through the spokesman for his campaign organisation, Olatunde Richard, expressed shock and accused the opposition party of machinating violence against the APC members.

"We wonder if PDP sees the election as a war or an electoral contest for the seat of the state governor,” Richard said.

PDP, however, described the arrest of the suspected thugs as "an attempt by APC to make good its evil plans."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as intrigues continued to play out in the politics of Ondo ahead of the state guber election, PDP accused APC of masterminding the attacks on the campaign team of its flagbearer.

Jegede's campaign buses were attacked on Wednesday, September 16, by suspected thugs in Oba-Akoko in Akoko SouthWest local government area of Ondo state.

In a statement released in Akure, the state capital, by Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation (EJCO) director, Samuel Fasua, PDP said three vehicles in the convoy of its flagbearer were badly damaged.

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