2019 Elections: 4 Injured As Hoodlums Attack Atiku Presidential Campaign Office In Akure

By Dotun Adebusoye

Four persons have been confirmed injured on Wednesday when suspected hoodlums attacked the Atiku Abubakar Presidential campaign office in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

It was gathered that the hoodlums, suspected to be loyal to the All Progressive Congress (APC) scaled the fence of the office located beside the Federal College of Agriculture on Ijapo road in Akure at exactly 2 am on Wednesday, where they vandalized billboards, posters and other campaign materials.

Confirming the attack to journalists, the Personal Assistant to the State Coordinator of the Atiku Presidential campaign in Ondo State, Olumide Ogunkua said the attack was unacceptable.

Ogunkua noted that the hoodlums after forcefully entrying the compound of the campaign office began to chant the APC slogan of “Next Level” and destroyed the posters bearing Atiku /Obi for 2019 president.

He explained that the security guard on duty was molested, beaten and tied up by the hoodlums for challenging their mission in the PDP campaign office. They also attacked several party members met on ground.

“We got a call from one of our sympathizers that the new billboards, banners and posters in front of our campaign office have been vandalized.

“Upon receiving the call, we arrived at the office and we saw that all the banners and posters of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had been removed while some were defaced.

“Upon entering the premises, we discovered that the security guard was tied up and his two phones were taken away.

“When we inquired from him what really happened, he told us that he heard people destroying the banners and he shouted but the hoodlums scaled through the fence and held him hostage before they continued to perpetrate their dastardly act.

“For us, it indicates the desperation of the ruling party (APC). According to the security guard, the hoodlums were shouting the next level when they were destroying the bill boards and banners.

“This is unacceptable, we call on the appropriate authorities to put a stop to these unwarranted attacks because if not it will put a threat to the peaceful conduct of the general election come February 2019.

“But for us, we’re undeterred, we determined, but their action show that the our presidential candidate (Atiku Abubakar) is giving them headache.

“The presidential campaign council of Ondo State has taken it up, we’ll write the Inspector General of Police, the Director of SSS to formally report this act” Ogunkua said.

The APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Alex Kalejaiye condemned the attacked but denied all the allegations.

Kalejaiye stated that the APC government does not discriminate irrespective of political affiliation.

“We are so confident of our victory come February 2019, so we won’t have any reason whatsoever to attack any party or their facilities.

“The state government under the APC control a signage agency that moderate the activities of setting of billboards which is the signage agency and it collects revenue.

“So, why do you think we would now sponsor anyone or group to destroy what brings in revenue in the state government’s purse.

“We would never encourage such. If anybody is pointing accusing finger at the APC, the person is doing it out of either frustration or ignorance,” he said.

The Ondo State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Femi Joseph when contacted said the incident occured at the Ijapo divsion of the command but was yet to be reported to police in the state.

Meanwhile, the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation in Ondo state has condemned the attack on its office in Akure, the Ondo state capital by hoodlums.

Kayode Fasua, the spokesman of the campaign in the state alleged that the hoodlums were working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

“They arrived in the wee hours of the day, at a time the security guards in the Ijapo, Akure area of our office would have closed from duty and descended on our campaign office.

“Numbering about 10, and fully armed, they descended on our private security guard, beat him to a pulp and then tied him with ropes.

“After that, they proceeded by dismantling the Atiku billboards, and then tearing all his posters.

“Not done, these agents of the devil went ahead to break window panels and kept shouting “where are those documents, where are those documents!

“But having failed in their evil deed, they retreated, shooting sporadically,” the statement read.

Fasua called on the security agents to investigate the perpetrators of the evil act and bring them to book.

Also in his reaction, the Director General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN described the attack as barbaric and alien to the spirit of democracy that the Nigerian society should embrace in a fast-advancing world.

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