No fewer than five persons were injured while a vehicle was burnt when supporters of the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) clashed on Wednesday.
The incident occurred at Oba Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state when the convoy of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu met with the convoy of the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, in the town.
An eyewitness told The Punch that social and economic activities in the area were paralyzed for several hours.
To this end, the campaign organisations of the two candidates have pointed accusing fingers at each other.
The spokesperson of the Akeredolu/Ayedatiwa Campaign Organisation, Richard Olatunde, alleged that it was Jegede’s supporters that first attacked the governor’s convoy which was on a campaign mission to the Akoko area of the state.
“While we are shocked and saddened by this attack, we are not too surprised, because the PDP has shown that it is not focusing on issues in its campaign for the election. They will rather deploy violence and falsehood to score cheap political points,” Olatunde said.
Also, the Head, Media Research, Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation, Samuel Fasua, alleged that the hoodlums that attacked Jegede’s convoy were the supporters of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
“As of now, no fewer than three vehicles in the convoy of Jegede have been badly damaged, while Jegede himself is being held hostage inside the palace of the monarch of Oba-Akoko by gun-totting hoodlums suspected to be agents of the governor.
“Curiously, Akeredolu was sighted inside the convoy while the attacks lasted, while police operatives in the location looked on in the face of the orgies of madness,” Fasua said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the incident said men of the command had been deployed to the town to calm the situation.
“We have sent some mobile policemen to the area and the situation has been put under control,” Ikoro stated.