The gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Ondo state, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede SAN today escaped an assassination attempt while on his campaign trail to the palace of the Oloba of Oba Akoko, in Akoko South West LGA.
Mr. Jegede who was earlier scheduled to continue his campaign tour in the Northern senatorial district was at the palace of the Oloba. The Governor and his team on arrival at the venue immediately began to shoot. Shots were fired at the PDP candidates vehicles and scores of his supporters were injured as they scampered to safety.
The thugs who went on rampage damaged several vehicles and tried to burn down the candidates car by deliberately aiming at the gas tank. They proceeded to attack and harass residents present while the governor was ensconced in the safety of his bullet proof vehicle.
Residents who were interviewed by our correspondents informed us that it was the Governor that fired the first shot which was immediately followed by several gunshots for over 20 minutes by this thugs and aides.
A response monitored via radio from the media aide of the Governor claimed that the Governor was campaigning in the northern senatorial district even when evidence showed that the APC campaign train was not scheduled to be in that Senatorial district as at when the governor paid this visit to the traditional ruler.
It is instructive that the Governor has continued to violate several administrative conventions aimed at ensuring that the campaign train of political parties do not clash during campaigns.
Mr. Eyitayo Jegede SAN who is currently safe, has thanked GOD and the good people of Ondo state for his safety. He was quoted as saying that he gives thanks to God for the safety of his team and himself. He said it is a surprise that a senior member of the legal profession would resort to using violence in a bid to campaign for his reelection. He has called on the Department of State Services and the Police to investigate the attempt of his life and the callous action of the Governor.
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