BREAKING: Gunshots rock Ondo polling unit as voting commences

BREAKING: Gunshots rock Ondo polling unit as voting commences

- Gunshots have been reported in a polling unit in Ondo state

- The incident is said to have happened at Pollíng Unit 11, Edo Lodge in Oke Ijebu, Akure, the state capital

- The report has been confirmed by the Ondo state command of the Nigeria Police Force

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The Nation is reporting that sporadic shooting is currently ongoing at Pollíng Unit 11, Edo Lodge in Oke Ijebu, Akure, the Ondo state capital as voting commences.

Ondo police spokesman, Tee-Lee Ikoro confirmed the incident and said mobile police operatives have been deployed to the scene.

On Twitter, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says those shooting are thugs from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The opposition party says the plan is to scare away voters from the polling unit.

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Earlier today, the deputy governor of Ondo state and governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, Agboola Ajayi, dismissed social media reports suggesting he has pulled out from the Ondo governorship race.

A statement signed by the spokesman of the deputy governor, Babatunde Okeowo, read:

“The attention of the deputy governor and candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Hon Agboola Ajayi has been drawn to a purported letter withdrawing from today's governorship race.

“This forged letter posted in the clone account of Mr Leke Akeredolu; as Timi Ogunleye a media aide of the outgoing Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to all intent and purposes is to confuse the voters who have rejected Akeredolu and his party.

“The ZLP candidate said emphatically that the forged letter posted in the clone account of Mr Leke Akeredolu AKA Timi Ogunleye on ZLP letterhead did not emanate from the deputy governor nor any of his media aides.

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“The forged document came after several attempts to cast aspersion of the deputy governor failed. The people of Ondo state are ready to vote for Hon Alfred Agboola Ajayi as the next governor the state and no amount of falsehood will stop that.

“This forged document is one of the devious plans of the outgoing government of APC to catch on the popularity of the deputy governor to shore up its dwindling fortune.

“Let the general public and the good people of Ondo State know that the Deputy Governor is in the race to win and will not withdraw from the race or merge with any of the governorship candidates.”

Meanwhile, a frontline pro-democracy group, the Centre for Democracy and Development on Thursday, October 8, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that results from difficult terrains in Ondo state are collated speedily during the governorship poll.

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