Suspected hoodlums in the early hours of yesterday attacked the campaign office of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar, on Akure-Owo Road in Akure, Ondo State. Apart from destroying the campaign office, the hoodlums pulled down the billboards and vandalised the campaign materials.
The hoodlums also attacked the private security guard posted to the campaign office. The officials of the campaign office got to the office to see the campaign materials destroyed while the security guard was tied and dumped at the back of the office. Promptly, the Atiku Campaign Organisation accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of sponsoring thugs to attack the office. Spokesman for the organisation, Mr. Kayode Fasua, said in a statement that the campaign organisation called on the security agents to investigate the perpetrators of the deed and bring them to book. Fasua also alleged that the hoodlums beat up the security guard at the office during the midnight attack, adding that the supporters of Atiku in Ondo State had on many occasion been assaulted.
He said: “They arrived in the wee hours of the day, at a time the security guards in the Ijapo, Akure area of our office would have closed from duty and descended on our campaign office.
“Numbering about 10, and fully armed, they descended on our private security guard, beat him to a pulp and then tied him with ropes. After that, they proceeded by dismantling the Atiku billboards, and then tearing all his posters. “Not done, these agents of the devil went ahead to break window panes and kept shouting ‘where are those documents, where are those documents!’ But having failed in their evil deed, they retreated, shooting sporadically.” The state Director General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, described the attack as “barbaric and alien to the spirit of democracy that the Nigerian society should embrace in a fast-advancing world”. He also demanded that the perpetrators be brought to book. But the state APC Chairman, Mr. Ade Adetimehin, denied the involvement of the ruling party in the incident. He said: “We are not aware of the incident. If it truly occurred, our members cannot be involved.
We are peace-loving, law-abiding political party, we don’t involve in thuggery or violence. I will implore the security agents to investigate the matter and fish out the perpetrators.” Similarly, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, said the command was not aware of the incident. He said: “There was no report of such an incident at the police station.”