The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, yesterday denied attacking supporters of the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Olusola Oke.
Akeredolu, in a statement by one of his media aides, Kunle Adebayo, described the allegation as cheap blackmail.
It was earlier reported that two AD supporters- Sunday Akadiri and Adeniran Adeyemi- were allegedly attacked when pasting posters in Oke Owo Local Government Area.
But Akeredolu denied sending anybody to attack Oke’s supporters. He said it was a lie that the AD candidate’s loyalists were kidnapped and carried to his house.
“The truth is that the fracas in Owo was a deliberate act of provocation against Owo youths by Oke’s supporters, who came to Owo to tear Akeredolu’s posters to superimpose their posters.
“I wish to stress that they were never attacked by our people. It is never our plan sto forment violence.
“The critical question to ask is why would Akeredolu, whose popularity soars higher each day, attack Oke? Why? For what purpose?
“The point must be made again that what happened was an altercation between Oke’s men and Owo people who felt insulted by Oke’s supporters.
“Akeredolu is not in any contest with Oke. At this time we are focused upon our evangelism for a new Ondo State.
“This attitude of lying and manipulation of facts must stop. “For the purpose of emphasis and clarity, I wish to assure you that our people did not machete or kidnap the opponents supporters.”