Four injured as ACN, LP supporters clash in Ondo

Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko

The police aid their prompt intervention saved the day.

Supporters of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and those of the ruling Labour Party, LP, engaged one another in a free -for -all at the gate of the State High Court Complex where the Election Petition Tribunal is sitting over complaints emanating from the October 20, 2012, governorship poll in the state.

At the end of the fracas, no less than four persons were injured while the traffic flows on the busy A’ Division-New Hospital Road was disrupted temporarily.

The clash occurred outside the court premises after the Justice Andovar Kaka’an led tribunal rose for the first morning session.

It was gathered that the fight started while people outside the court premises were reacting to the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to call any witness to defend its actions during the conduct of the October 20 election.

The INEC, which was expected to call its witnesses for yesterday’s proceeding, suddenly made a u-turn and told the tribunal that it has no witness to call based on the ruling of the panel on February 4, where some sections and paragraphs which concern the commission were struck out.

The announcement of INEC’s position by its counsel, Gbenga Awomolo, led to reactions among the audience in the courtroom, particularly the ACN and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) supporters.

The arrival of the ACN candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, at the High Court complex gate and the jubilation by his supporters, who rained abusive words against those of the LP, and subsequent shouting match between the two parties, resulted in the clashes that caused pandemonium.

At least four people were injured from the ensuing fracas.

Reacting on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Ondo State Command, Wole Ogodo, said the timely intervention by the command saved the fight from escalating.

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