Barely five days after candidates of the 17 political parties contesting the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, including incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), signed a peace accord supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), gunshots believed to have emanated from a political clash rendered the atmosphere in Akure Sunday morning.
PM News reported that supporters of the PDP and the APC in Ondo State exchanged gun fire in Akure, the capital.
It was reported that the shooting, which happened on Oba Adesida Road was an escalation of a clash on Saturday, which led to the killing of an APC supporter.
According to statements posted on twitter by residents, one person was reported killed today and many injured.
“When did Ondo state election become a war? I haven’t heard this level of violence in Ondo since 2003 general elections. What is going on?”, wrote Love Ogundipe.
“This #Akureshootings is becoming something else, last night all hell was let loose at Oba nla, this morning is ijomu. Since when do we vote with guns in Ondo state? This is a new level of unacceptable election violence”, Ogundipe added.
“Akure is the last place I expect violence from. Not a good sign atal (sic). Two people reportedly shot dead in 48hrs”, wrote Feyisayo..
While residents of the state have expressed their concern over safety, the Ondo PDP claimed two persons were killed and accused members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) supporting Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.