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APC/SDP Trade Blames over Idanre Crisis as SDP, Rep Withdraw from Council Poll

Reactions have been trailing the political disturbance that ensued between the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Idanre ahead of the local government elections slated for tomorrow Saturday.

Our reporter Isaac Afolabi, who visited the ancient town to access the situation reports that the two party, APC and SDP, accused each other of instigating the ugly development which led to degrees of injuries and the destruction of properties.

Chairmanship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the forthcoming local government election, Mr Bankole Akinselure accused the All Progressives Party led by its leaders in idanre of sponsoring thugs to disrupt their party campaign and vandalize some property.

Vice chairmanship candidate, Mr Akinrotohun Idowu noted that many of the injured party loyalists were still receiving treatment at the hospital, calling on the security agencies to prevail on the matter.

Reacting, Campaign Director APC, Idanre Local Government, Mr Akinayajo Marcus, however, debunked all the allegations stating that APC was a party that preaches peace and unity, so would not be involved in any form of violence.

He posited that SDP blocked major roads which disrupted vehicular and business activities of the people that generated reactions

Speaking with Radio Nigeria, DPO Idanre Command, Mr Ubine Eugene said that the police would not tolerate violence during and after the elections, noting that the police was ready for the local government elections.

Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party, SDP in Idanre Local Government Area says it has withdrawn its participation in tomorrow’s councils election taking place in Ondo State.

A statement signed by the party chairman in the area , Mr Akinde Adelanke indicates the decision was taken in view of the series of violence targeted at the members of SDP resulting in bloodsheds of innocent party faithful.

He explained that SDP was more interested in the safety of the people of Idanre and would not encourage a repeat of the 1983 incident.

SDP had this week raised alarm of violent attacks on its members, allegedly blamed on the ruling APC.

In a similar development, the member representing Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Tajudeen Adefisoye has also withdrawn his participation and that of his supporters from the election.

In a statement signed by the lawmaker and made available to Positive FM, Adefisoye gave security breaches as reason for his decision.

The lawmaker condemned what he called needless violence all in the name of election.

Isaac Afolabi/Dupe Isename

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