The hot protest going on in Ondo town over the substitution of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate has turned bloody with the death of a secondary school student who was allegedly hit by the tear gas canister, released by the police in dispersing the rioters in Ondo town.
While the identity of the student remains unknown, the protest also continued in Akure, the Ondo state capital as rioters again trooped to the streets, protesting the decision of INEC who had replaced Eyitayo Jegede’s name with Jimoh Ibrahim as it obeyed a ruling by Justice Okon Abang of an Abuja Federal High Court.
Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) called on security agents in the state to be more pro-active in combating criminal activities as the governorship election draws near. In a statement by the state Publicity Secretary, Mr Remi Olayiwola, the party said that the protest that trailed the removal of Jegede’s name and its replacement with Jimoh Ibrahim had to do with the flag bearer of only one out of the 28 participating political parties in the election.
The SDP said: “The other day, it was the APC disturbing the people of the state, today, it is the PDP. These are political parties in government at various levels in the country. So, if there’s any violence during the forth coming governorship election, the two parties must be held responsible.”