Three days before the local government elections in Ondo State, the candidate for the presidency of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the local government region of Idanre, Mr. Bankole Akinselure was attacked by suspected political thugs.
Akinselure was attacked alongside his roommate Mr. Idowu Akinrotohun along with seven other members of the group injured in the attack.
Recall that the Independent Electoral Commission of Ondo State, the ODIEC, had set for August 22 the election of the council in the state with no less than seven political parties already expressed interest in participating in the process.
The SDP member who longed for anonymity pointed out that the thugs, numbering around 26, stormed the secretariat with machetes and other dangerous weapons.
“These thugs came armed and attacked SDP members during the meeting with cutlasses and axes, including stones.
“The thugs destroyed all the posters and billboards that were displayed at the secretariat. We had to quickly call the police to intervene, but surprisingly for us they arrived late and started watching these thugs attack and destroy our properties.
Also, the candidate for the presidency of the party, Mr. Akinselure who confirmed the attack said: “It is true that we were attacked and I called the DPO at the Olofin police station and the deputy commissioner of Olofin. police but it is a pity that the police who came to the scene of the attack could do nothing to stop the attack.
Meanwhile, the attack led to protests among SDP supporters who expressed their anger at the attitude of the police during the violence.
Contacted, Mr. Tee Leo-Ikoro, spokesperson for Ondo State Police Command, said he had not yet been properly briefed.