The Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation (EJCO) has accused members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the alleged destruction of campaign posters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede in Owo.
A statement disclosed by the EJCO Head, Media Research, Mr. Samuel Fasua, revealed that it was confirmed that the people who were liable for the act were political thugs of the APC. “In the last one week, political thugs loyal to the APC have been gamboling around the streets of Owo, the governor’s paternal native home, tearing Jegede’s posters and causing mayhem within neighborhoods.
“The apparent aim of the poster-tearing thugs is to impose on the people’s psyche, the impression that Akeredolu is from Owo and as such, should not be challenged there. However myopic that mentality is, it is equally a fact of history that Jegede too is from Owo, as his mother hails from Ipele, a prominent Owo community. As Akeredolu is an Owo indigene by ancestry, so is Jegede,” reported Fasua.
He further stated that the PDP candidate vowed to the people of Owo and other communities in Ondo State that he will inaugurate industries in cluster formation, across the state to create employment opportunities for the youth. “While the PDP is planning to provide jobs for these youths, the other party that is holding on to power is delighted in retaining them as political thugs and poster-tearing urchins,” he added.
However, the State Chairperson of the APC, Ade Adetimehin responded to the allegation and said, “It cannot be true. We have tutored our members not to be violent or engage in thuggery or violence. Why should our members even bother about the PDP or their posters? The party is not in this race.
“They are just going to participate in the election. We are concerned about the election and they should stop all these childish and unfounded allegations,” he reported. Although, he called on security agencies in the state to probe the allegation, and expose the culprits.