Hoodlums invade Ondo tribunal, attack ACN leaders

Labour Party

Many supporters of the Action Congress of Nigeria were attacked.

Hoodlums on Monday invaded the Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the High Court premises, in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The attackers, said to largely consist of members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, assaulted many supporters of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.

Among the victims was a party chieftain, Niyi Ojo, who received a matchet cut on his head and is presently on admission at Shekinah Hospital in Akure.

So many people got injured in the attack and were rushed to various hospitals in the state.

Witnesses allege that the attackers were sent by the ruling Labour Party in Ondo.

It was learnt that a prominent Labour Party member and NURTW branch chairman, Lagos route, popularly called “Opejole” led the fracas where many opposition members sustained various degree of injuries.

The attack came shortly after counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Adegboyega Awomolo, told the tribunal that the electoral body would not call anymore witnesses.

He said the commission would only rely on the documents already before the court.

Earlier, the Tribunal had struck out the contentious issues in its earlier ruling and called for a brief adjournment to allow the opening of the first respondent, Olusegun Mimiko’s response to the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Olusola Oke’s petition.

A witness said “after the tribunal rose for a short recess, hell was let loose as LP thugs suspected to be NURTW members started attacking ACN and PDP supporters in sight”.

Policemen around the Tribunal premises could not save the situation, the witness said.

During the attack, a Toyota bus belonging to the ACN governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, was vandalized.

The state police public relations officer, Wole Ogodo, confirmed the incident, but said he had not been properly briefed by the appropriate senior police officers.

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