The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of hiring thugs to destroy its campaign posters.
It said thugs from Oyo had been hired to destroy campaign billboards, banners, and posters erected at “Ilesha garage”, MKO Abiola Democracy Park, and other strategic areas in Akure three weeks ago.
A statement signed by the spokesman of the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Campaign Organisation, Richard Olatunde, descried the action as an assault on the state’s democratic gains and an affront to the good people of Ondo State.
According to the statement, “It’s worrisome to see a huge number of thugs from Oyo State occupying various drinking centers in Akure and harassing innocent members of the public.
“These imported thugs alongside PDP thugs in Akure challenged every supporter and member of the APC wearing faze caps and T-shirt bearing the logo and image of APC and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
“We are constrained to raise this alarm in view of the important event of the forthcoming governorship election in the State. The lives and properties of our people must be valued above political interests and aspirations.
“Ondo State is known as a peaceful state with law-abiding citizens despite the PDP’s penchant for thuggery and hooliganism. Our people are ready to resist every attempt to bully them into supporting a failed political party that has nothing but violence to show.
“Our governorship candidate and Governor of the state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, has called on members and supporters of the APC across the state to remain calm in the face of the unprovoked attacks and destruction of our billboards, posters, and banners that have been erected long before the PDP planned its flag-off campaign rally.
“We are calling on the security agencies to double their efforts and bring to book every criminal element that participated in the destruction of the APC billboard.”