Agboola Ajayi, candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the October 10 governorship election, has raised alarm over continued destruction of his campaign billboards and attacks on his supporters by suspected political thugs.
Mr. Ajayi is also the incumbent deputy governor of the state.
He spoke after his campaign office was attacked by armed political thugs in Idanre Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that the thugs numbering over five stormed the office on Tuesday night to unleash mayhem.
Mr. Gbenga Olayoriju, a security man stationed in the office was allegedly threatened with death by the armed thugs without any challenge, while the attack also lasted.
Ajayi’s complaint was contained in a press statement issued by the Director-General of his Campaign Organisation, Mr. Kola Ademujimi, on Wednesday in Akure.
He stated that posters, chairs, tables, billboards among other properties were damaged by the thugs during the attack on his office.
The deputy governor, who alleged that the thugs were working for Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, claimed his supporters were also attacked.
He noted that this wasn’t the first attack, but said such violent attacks against his supporters were becoming a source of concern.
He said, “Akeredolu’s thugs are threatening the lives and properties of members of ZLP and those of other parties in various parts of the state.
“They destroyed chairs, tables, and inflicted injuries on our supporters at their ward meeting in Ile-Oluji.
“They also destroyed Agboola Ajayi’s billboards at our campaign office in Akure.
“They destroyed our flags and posters in Idanre during Aketi/APC ‘s campaign tour of Idanre yesterday (Tuesday).
“I think they are out to cause mayhem even before the October Governorship election in Ondo State.
“We are calling on security agencies to live up to their expectations before the opposition parties are forced to act in self-defence.”
There had been signs that the Ondo October 10 governorship election is heading for violence with the activities of armed political thugs in the state.
The Ondo State Police Commissioner, Bolaji Salami, has read the riot act to political thugs whose violent activities he claimed, have become a threat to peace of the state.