Barely three weeks to the governorship poll in Ondo state, the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede has called for probe on assassination attempt on his life at Oba in Akoko Southwest Local Government Area.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said his convoy was attacked by suspected thugs allegedly working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) attacked his convoy.
Jegede spoke at a news conference in his campaign office, Ijapo, Akure shortly after he suspended his campaign tour and returned to Akure, the state capital with the 16 vandalised campaign vehicles in his convoy.
He alleged that some thugs who carried guns and other dangerous weapons shot at his vehicle and some other vehicles on his convoy during a campaign tour to Oba-Akoko.
Jegede pointed out that he had secured permission and got approval from the state police command for his campaign in the town and he was granted police permit to campaign in the town, only to meet members of the APC in the town.
He alleged that the state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was leading the vehicle with some other members of the APC when the attack was carried out.
His words, “in fact, 15 vehicles belonging to my campaign team were destroyed when the thugs fired gunshots at my convoy.
“Recall that the former chairman of the APC in the state, Isaac Kekemeke had threatened to unleash terror on members of the opposition parties in a video, which went viral on the social media”.
Besides, the governorship candidate recalled the gruesome murder of a leader of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Idanre Local Government Area of the state, warning the ruling party against violence ahead of the forthcoming governorship election.
Jegede urged the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu and other security chiefs in the country not to allow Ondo State to be plunged into unnecessary violence, like it happened in 1983.
The governorship candidate called for proper investigations into the alleged assassination attempt on his life.
He urged his supporters and all citizenry not to succumb to the threat, adding that the project is of God and he would win the election.
Jegede said he contacted Akeredolu shortly after the incident and he said he was not aware of the attack but promised to warn his supporters against unruly behaviours.
However, the APC media campaign office alleged that it was the PDP members that attacked some loyalists of Governor Akeredolu during the PDP rally at the palace of the Oloba of Oba-Akoko.