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Ondo 2020: Jegede, Akeredolu trade words over the arrest of 7 thugs in Ondo

By Maria Ifafesobi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming election and the Ondo State Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidate Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, traded words on Sunday over the arrest of seven suspected thugs with local arms.
The suspects were arrested in a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) branded Vehicle in Ifon, Ose Local Government Area.
In a statement issued by the Mr. Gbenga Akinmoyo on behalf of Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation, said, “The general public has been alerted long before now as to the sinister plans being hatched by the ruling APC in Ondo State to adorn political thugs in PDP branded materials to unleash mayhem on itself and the gathering of other political parties with the sole intention of putting the blame on the PDP.
“The APC who boasted of militancy, arms, and ammunition through one of their party chieftains and unleashed unprovoked mayhem on the PDP a few days ago in a botched assassination attempt on the PDP governorship candidate has moved to the next scene of the unfolding drama.
“The information of the arrest of some hoodlums in the PDP branded vehicles at Ifon in Ose LG, whilst our campaign train is due to make a stop in the town, that is presently circulating on social media, is nothing but an attempt by the APC to make good its evil plans.”
Reacting to the incident, the spokesman of the Akeredolu/Ayedatiwa Campaign Organisation, Mr. Olabode Olatunde, commended the police saying: “We are relieved that the police were able to size the sophisticated guns, live cartridges, and machetes which could have been used to cut the lives of the innocent people of the state short on the altar of politics.
“While we commend the police authority for its gallantry efforts at arresting these hoodlums, we condemn this act in strong terms and call for more investigation into the PDP campaign activities.
“This is coming despite several appeals for politicians to allow peace reign before, during, and after the governorship election, making one ask if the PDP and thuggery are Siamese twins.”
The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tee- Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the arrest said the suspects were apprehended during a special raid by detectives from the state police command.
He said “We are investigating this but the hoodlums were arrested with a branded vehicle purportedly using the name of PDP.
“Our investigation will prove at the end of the day if they are truly members of PDP or not. Seven of them were arrested with a locally-made weapon.”
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