By Kelvin Ifedayo
Ahead of Ondo State Local Government Election scheduled for Saturday, dozens of people were injured when supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC) clashed on Friday in Ondo town in Ondo West Local Government Area of the state.
Many were said to have sustained varying degrees of injuries while no fewer than 15 cars were reportedly vandalised during the fracas.
Similar incident has also been reported in Ilaje local government of the state where members of the APC were allegedly attacked by hoodlums.
The state Police Command Spokesperson, Tee Leo-Ikoro confirmed the development, saying that “many people were injured.”
He said security operatives had been deployed to the scene of the incidents while efforts were on to arrest the perpetrators.
“We are yet to ascertain the root cause of the clash, because so many people were injured,” he said.
“We have commenced investigation into the matter to know those involved and why the clash happened.”
Leo-Ikoro said police are investigating the cause of a bloody clash between the supporters.
Although details of the incidents are scanty, it was gathered that the clashed occurred during campaign outing.
The spokesperson for APC, Alex Kalejaiye, said on Friday, he could not ascertain the groups that masterminded the attack in Ilaje.
“I cannot mention the group that attacked our supporters in Ilaje, but what I know is that we do not support violence in the process,” he said.
“I hope this is not a prelude to the coming governorship election and we are calling on the security agencies to take charge and fish out the perpetrators,”Kalejaiye said.
Officials of the ADC could be reached at the time of filing this report, as efforts to do so failed to yield results.
About 10 parties are contesting the elections, but the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) withdrew from the election after it questioned the credibility of the process of the poll.
It would be recalled that the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Thursday announced its withdrawal from participating in the council polls after its members were said to have been attacked by thugs in Idanre.