Less than a month to the governorship election in Ondo State, one person has been killed and several others injured during a clash between the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in ldanre area of the state.
The Chairman of the ZLP in Idanre LGA, Ademehintoye Claudus, who confirmed the incident to journalists on Thursday, gave the name of the man reportedly killed in the clash as Taye Okafor.
He said the deceased who was putting on the ZLP face cap, was allegedly attacked by the supporters of the APC for putting on the cap in the town.
According to him, Taye was allegedly challenged by the supporters of the ruling party and while he was explaining himself for putting on the opposition’s cap, a fight ensued and he was reportedly macheted to death.
“Taye was killed yesterday (Wednesday) because he was canvassing support for the ZLP being a member of our party. And what happened has also confirmed that the APC is calling for war in this election because they have been attacking us unchallenged.
“Although, we have appealed to our members and supporters to remain calm even in the face of this provocation and asked them not to take laws into their own hands,” Claudus said.
The state police spokesperson, Teo Leo lkoro, who confirmed the death, said the situation in the town had been brought under control and that peace had returned to the troubled town.
He said no arrest had been made but that police had begun investigations to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident as well apprehend perpetrators of the act.
KanyiDaily had reported that Ondo Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who left the APC in July 2020, is now the ZLP governorship candidate for the October 10 governorship election in the state.