Mr Segun Oni, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, bemoaned the spate of attacks on his supporters in the days leading up to the June 18 election, saying thugs are gradually taking over the political space and attacking perceived opponents.
Oni claimed that in the recent few days, many of his followers had been macheted or assaulted by political thugs, claiming that this was proof of the prior warning that thugs had been imported to the state for the upcoming governorship election.
This was revealed in a statement released yesterday by Jackson Adebayo, the Segun Oni Campaign Organisation’s Media and Publicity Director, who said the relentless attacks on chieftains and members of the Ekiti SDP were becoming untenable.
Oni also revealed that four of his members were attacked during a campaign rally in Itaji and Egbe Ekiti, in the Oye and Gbonyin Local Government Areas of Ekiti State, and are now being treated in two different hospitals.
Former governor of the state, Oni, said he was not shocked by the “upsurge in violent attacks by political actors.”
We’ve previously sounded the alert, and state agents are now carrying it out.
“The fact that all of the attacks are purportedly carried out by thugs supported by a political party intimidated by another political party is no longer a secret.
“On June 8 and 9, APC thugs stationed in the Ilejemeje local government areas, also known as the Mayegun boys, accosted Chief Segun Akinwumi, an SDP chieftain, threatening to destroy his car and house unless the traditional rulers in the region intervened. This occurred on the 8th, just as our campaign tour was about to reach the local administration.
“In a same vein, property belonging to Hon. Kehinde Babatola was vandalized on the 9th after the Segun Oni Campaign train departed the local government, thugs in their 20s re-entered Iye Ekiti and smashed vehicles belonging to our members there.”