Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Ondo State 2020 governorship race, Eyitayo Jegede has said that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, should be held responsible should anything happened to him in the state.
Jegede stated this following a violent clash that happened between his supporters and those in the camp of Governor Akeredolu on Wednesday, September 16, Naija News understands.
According to Jegede while speaking with newsmen at his campaign office in the state capital, Akure, the deadly attack that happened today was an attempted assassination on his life. The PDP candidate alleged that gunshots fired at his supporters at Oba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state were from the convoy of the APC candidate.
Naija News reports that supporters of the two major contestants in the Ondo governorship election clashed on Wednesday while on a campaign tour to Akoko area of the state.
Jegede who insisted that Akeredolu should be held responsible for any unforeseen attack on his life, urged his loyalists to defend themselves in the face of any intimidation. He again maintained that he was duly cleared to be in Akoko for the campaign by the Commissioner of Police, noting that Akeredolu flouted the security arrangement by going to Akoko to campaign as he was not meant to be there.
He said, “It was a clear case of attempt on my life. I never believed that we will ever come this low. If anything happens to me or anybody in this state, you know who is responding. I’m not desperate to govern the state.
“When live bullets were fired, it is a clear case of an assassination attempt on my life. I have met with the Commissioner of Police to formally report the incident to him as well as the DSS.”
“When we were at Oloba, we suddenly heard gunshots. The shots were fired from the convoy of the governor. 15 vehicles were destroyed with many of my supporters injured.”
“The thugs were armed with AK47 and pump-action aiming at the people. They shot sporadically all through the incident.”