Some youths suspected to be political thugs on Tuesday attacked the House of Assembly candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Idanre State Constituency of Ondo State , Mr Festus Akingbasote.The hoodlums were also alleged to have attacked and injured two other members of the PDP in Idanre community . The three victims were said to have been rushed to a hospital in the town .
A source said , “ When he ( the PDP candidate, Akingbasote) learned that some of his members had been taken to the hospital, he and some party members went to the hospital to see them , but the thugs again stormed the hospital to beat him . He was seriously injured . Immediately he too was rushed to another hospital . ”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident and said one person had been arrested over the clash while investigation had commenced .
He said , “ It was a clash between members of the two major political parties in the town and the commissioner of police had ordered for full investigation . ”
The state Chairman of the PDP , Mr Clement Faboyede , confirmed the attack , saying that Akingbasote narrowly escaped assassination on Tuesday .
He said , “ We want to intimate the whole world of what is happening in Ondo State now . We are crying ‘ save our soul’ in the state . Ondo State PDP and the generality of Ondo State inhabitants have witnessed a lot of violence .
“ It is an open secret that the APC government and members have resorted to violence , intimidation and harassment of the PDP members across the length and breadth of the state .
“ Just yesterday ( Monday) , for over four hours , it took the combined team of soldiers and mobile policemen to dislodge the APC thugs in Idanre , the hometown of the APC state chairman of the state . For four hours , they held the town to ransom with cutlasses and guns in Idanre community . ”
He added , “ And just this morning ( Tuesday) , attacks were on and about three of our people are in the hospital now . This calls for concern as this has been the scenario ; the community has been declared a war zone as the APC thugs are harassing and intimidating the people .
“ They know they can ’ t win that election , especially that of Idanre , so they want to cause mayhem in that place . We want to say election is not war ; election should be very peaceful and people should be allowed to vote whosoever they want. ”
But in his reaction , the state Chairman of the APC, Mr Ade Adetimehin , refuted the allegation , saying the PDP was fabricating lies against his party . He said the PDP members were already jittery ahead of the poll because they were no more popular in the constituency .
“ The allegation was not true ; we are law -abiding party , we don’ t involve in violence , we are not thug breeders like them , they just want to resort to blackmail because they know we are more popular than they are in the state , ” Adetimehin stated.