Thursday, September 10, 2020

One dead, many injured as APC, ZLP supporters clash in Ondo


One person , identified as Taye Okafor , has been reportedly killed and many injured during a fight that ensued between the supporters of the All Progressives Congress and the Zenith Labour Party in Idanre town , Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State .

The Chairman of the ZLP in Idanre LGA , Mr Ademehintoye Claudus , confirmed the incident to our correspondent on Thursday.

He alleged that the thugs who perpetrated the act were sponsored by the chieftains of the APC in the local government .

He said , “ Taye was killed yesterday ( Wednesday ) because he was canvassing support for the ZLP being a member of our party. And what happened has also confirmed that the APC is calling for war in this election because they have been attacking us unchallenged.

“ Although , we have appealed to our members and supporters to remain calm even in the face of this provocation and asked them not to take laws into their own hands . ”

The state Publicity Secretary of the APC , in a reaction , also confirmed the incident, calling on the security agencies to investigate the matter and forestall future occurrence .

“ It is very unfortunate but we are a law -abiding party and we are not engaging in thuggery or violence to win the election . It was the ZLP people that are tearing the posters of Akeredolu in the area, that is where the fight started . But we hope that the security agencies will do their work to nip it in the bud , ” he said .

When contacted , the Public Relations Officer for the state Police Command, Mr Teo-Leo Ikoro , confirmed the incident , saying it was a political clash and an investigation had commenced into the matter .

He , however , said no arrest had been made on the incident .

Ikoro said , “ A detachment of policemen has been sent to the town to maintain law and order .

An investigation into the incident has commenced with the intention to arrest culprits involved in the incident. ”

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