Ondo 2020: ZLP, APC wrangle over attack on Ajayi’s campaign secretariat
By Dayo Johnson – Akure
The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the Ondo and the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state on Wednesday bickered over alleged attack on the secretariat of ZLP’s governorship candidate campaign secretariat. Candidate of the Zenith Labour Party in the Ondo governorship election, Hon Agboola Ajayi, has raised the alarm over the attack of his campaign secretariat by thugs loyal to the ruling All Progressive Congress in the state. Ajayi said that the thugs who stormed his campaign secretariat in Akure, the state capital fired several gunshots, threatened to kill the guards and destroyed his campaign billboards and other valuable items. Recall that seven political thugs arrested with arms and ammunition were arraigned in court on Tuesday and ordered to be remanded in prison by the trial Chief Magistrate. This is coming as the state police commissioner, Bolaji Salami read riot act to the political thugs in the state saying that warm reception awaits them, sponsors of political violence at Olokuta prison. The Director General of Ajayi/ Gboye Campaign Organization, Dr Kola Ademujimi in a statement in Akure said attacks on campaign offices of the candidate have become worrisome in recent time. According to the statement, “suspected political thugs loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday night attacked the campaign office of the Deputy Governor and candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Hon Agboola Ajayi.
“The security personnel attached to the Secretariat, Mr Gbenga Olayoriju, said the thugs who were five in number came in an APC branded vehicle, attacked the Secretariat, destroying the billboard and other valuables at the premises. “Adeyoriju said the suspected thugs who came in the night shot sporadically into the air to scare anybody who dared to challenge them. “According to him, they used butt of their guns to destroy the billboard in front of the campaign office and threatened to kill him and his colleague if they make any attempt to stop them from carrying out their actions. “The Director General noted that aside the attack in the Campaign Secretariat in Akure, political thugs loyal to APC and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu attacked ZLP members in Idanre during the campaign of the governor on Tuesday. Ademujimi said “Akeredolu ‘s thugs are threatening the lives and properties of members of ZLP and those of other parties in various parts of the state. “They destroyed chairs , tables and inflicted injuries on our supporters at their ward meeting in Ile-Oluji yesterday. “They also destroyed Agboola Ajayi’s ‘s billboards at our campaign office in Akure. They destroyed our flags and posters in Idanre during Aketi/APC’s campaign tour of Idanre yesterday. “They attacked leaders of another party during their Local Government meeting in Owo yesterday. I think they are out to cause mayhem even before the October Governorship election in Ondo State.” Ademujimi called on security agencies to live up to their expectations before the opposition parties are forced to act in self-defence. Reacting, the spokesperson of the Akeredolu Campaign Organization, Olabode Richard Olatunde, said that; “the ZLP is merely looking for attention.