Journalists, APC leaders injured as violence erupts at parallel Ondo congress

Political thugs suspected to be loyal to Ondo state government on Saturday stormed BTO Hall, Akure, venue of the state congress of a faction of All Progressives Congress in the state, disrupting the exercise and inflicting injuries on participants.

Although the attack was targeted at the factional members of the party, journalists were attacked by the thugs who inflicted varying degrees of injuries on them.

Sunkanmi Elujoba of Adaba FM, Damisi Ojo of The Nation, Bamigbola Gbolagunte of The Sun, Olumide Abudu of Radio Nigeria Positive FM, James Sowole, of Thisday and the chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists in the state were among those injured.

A member of House of Representatives, representing Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency, Bamidele Baderinwa, Commissioner for Regional Integration in Osun State, Bola Ilori; Idowu Otetubi and Tolu Babaleye; Leye Akinola, were also not spared.

The thugs chased party members out of the venue using machetes, clubs and other dangerous weapons. They also vented their violence on properties and vehicles within the vicinity.

The presence of men Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps did not deter the thugs from carrying out the acts.

Those injured were rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

Meanwhile, the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu-led APC held its state congress at International Event Centre, Akure, where Ade Adetimehin was picked as new chairman of the party.

Mr Adetimehin had been in acting capacity since last year after Isaac Kekemeke was suspended from office.

He was unopposed and was elected through a voice vote.

When our correspondent reached police public relations officer for Ondo State command, Mr Femi Joseph, he said he was not aware of the event, but was only aware of the congress that held at the International Event Centre.

He however said he would make inquiries and get back to our correspondent.

PT

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