PDP has advised its supporters to stay calm despite the fact that they are being provoked into action by the Jimoh Ibrahim faction. The PDP believes that the attack on Eyitayo Jegede’s campaign office was totally uncalled for especially since it was caused by policemen reportedly sent by factional candidate Jimoh Ibrahim.
Front view of Eyitayo Jegede campaign office with spent bullets littering the ground
The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the attack on the campaign office of its candidate Eyitayo Jegede by armed men on Monday, November 21. The faction blamed the attack on policemen reportedly hired by Jimoh Ibrahim, the candidate of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party.
Spent bullets reportedly left behind by the attackers
In a very brief statement released on its social media platform late on Monday, the party heavily condemned the attack but also called for calm from its supporters across the state. The statement read: “We condemn in its entirety the actions of Barr Jimoh’s police men that attacked and injured our members at Eyitayo Jegede campaign office.
A bloodied supporter wounded by the attackers
“This is sad and we call on the IGP to investigate and bring the pepertrators of this heinous crime to book to forestall breakdown of law. “We call on our members in Ondo State to remain calm and must not retaliate as we await the outcome of @NigeriaPolice investigation.”
Another supporter wounded in the arm by the attackers
The attack came the same day supporters of the Makarfi faction and those of 16 other parties taking part in the elections stormed the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to demand postponement of the elections. They claimed that the high level of insecurity in the state at the moment could not guarantee a free and fair Ondo election. On the same day, Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko paid an impromptu visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, the second in about three weeks, to update him on what he told state correspondents after the meeting was the security situation in the state ahead of the Ondo election.