Ondo State Election: ACN accuses LP of Violence
Ondo State Election 2012 - The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has accused the Labour Party (LP) of attacking its members at Okitipupa.
Ondo State Election 2012
The Local government campaign of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, at Okitipupa turned bloody yesterday as thugs suspected to be members of Labour Party, LP, attacked members of the ACN.
According to a statement by the Director of Media, Publicity and Strategy of the Akeredolu Campaign Organsiation, Mr. Idowu Ajanaku; “The rally which was attended by a massive crowd was under way when the LP thugs came from different directions to attack them.
“Indeed, it was a sad day as many members of ACN in ensuing melee got injured while some of them were matcheted by the notorious LP thugs.
While ACN members today restrain from retaliating as a result of the intervention of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and other leaders of the party, ACN is using the opportunity once again to call on the Commissioner of Police and other security Agents to be alive to their responsibility to defend not only ACN members but the entire citizens of the state. We are not weaklings, if the police and other security agencies to shy away from their responsibilities, ACN members will have and no choice but device other means to defend themselves ahead of the polls.
If Abacha could not cow Pa Michael Adekunle Ajasin the leader of NADECO and the people of Ondo State, Mimiko and his co-travelers can not cow the ACN as the party is poised to win the October 20 election.
Since the commencement of the real electioneering, the first attack that was, however, nipped in the bud by security agencies was on the night that preceded the flag off of the Mimiko campaign at Owo, when the LP said suspected hoodlums attacked those that were assembling equipment meant to be used the next day. Some suspects were arrested in connection with the incident and charged to court.
At Idanre, which is one of the strongholds of the LP, there have been several reported cases of attacks and attempted attacks reported by the LP, which the police equally quelled before any escalation.
The PDP has also reported that its party members and supporters were prevented from holding meetings by suspected LP supporters, who attacked them violently.
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