By Yemi Akinsuyi 12 June 2022
Some thugs who are suspected to be members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) wearing the All Progressive Congress (APC) vests and loaded in five buses belonging to the APC, shooting gun sporadically,
on Saturday, stormed the campaign rally venues of the Social Democratic Party(SDP) in Itaji Ekiti and Oye Ekiti all in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State, where six people were shot..
In a press statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity of Segun Oni Campaign Organisation (SOCO), Jackson Adebayo, and made available to the journalists, the thugs were allegedly sent by one Mr Rotimi Olanbiwoninu a-k-a Mentilo, the Ekiti State Chairman of RTEAN, began to shoot as the SDP governorship candidate, Asiwaju Segun Oni, while addressing SDP members and supporters at Itaji town.
According to Adebayo, three SDP members were shot and terribly wounded in Itaji but luck ran out for one of the RTEAN thugs who missed the bus and was arrested by party supporters who handed him over to the police.
The SOCO Spokesman said it took the mobile police and some soldiers on patrol about 30 minutes to bring the situation under control.
The unlucky thug confessed that they were sent by Mentilo and that he( Mentilo) was working for the Biodun Oyebamiji Campaign Organisation.
At Oye, said Adebayo, the RTEAN drivers allegedly shot three members of the SDP who were waiting for the arrival of Oni who was due to address party supporters in the town, adding that the thugs entered their buses and fled on seeing the mobile policemen that were following the campaign convoy of the SDP and the soldiers that were on the patrol.
“Notwithstanding the hullabaloo , at Itaji and Oye, the people trooped out enmass to welcome Oni, promising to vote for him, adding that the APC thugs cannot intimidate or prevent them from coming out to vote on the election day”, the statement said.
The SDP candidate was told to go and sleep as nothing could change their support and love for him.
The injured SDP members have been taken to the hospital while the matter was reported to the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command.