Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has urged his main rival in the October 10, Governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede to caution his supporters against engaging in political violence saying he would also do the same for his supporters.
The call has come following a clash between supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at Oba-Akoko on Wednesday. Political violence reigned as both sides clashed with guns and other dangerous weapons. Campaign vehicles were burnt and vandalised and at least five people were injured as a result of the clash.
In a statement released by the spokesperson for the Akeredolu/Ayedatiwa campaign organisation, Mr. Olabode Olatunde, Governor Akeredolu described the political violence between APC and PDP supporters as unfortunate and urged both sides to sheath their swords.
Akeredolu said the police should align the campaign itinerary of both parties to avoid a repeat of the clash that happened on Wednesday at Oba Akoko.
The political tension in Ondo state has risen considerably as the October 10, Governorship election approaches. There have been pockets of violence in different parts of the state with each incident growing deadlier and more violent than the last.
In the latest round of political violence in the state, young men suspected to be cultists were seen with guns moving around in Akeredolu/APC campaign buses and shooting at everything in sight.