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ONDO: Bloody clash as 1.2m voters go to poll today

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A BLOODY clash broke out in Owo area of Ondo State, yesterday, as political thugs went on rampage and thereby raising anxiety ahead of today’s governorship election.

Many people were reportedly injured during the clash said to be between supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP .

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An unconfirmed source said people were killed and houses damaged. However, the Police Public  Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, denied any death but confirmed that some people were injured during the clash.

This is coming as some stakeholders traded allegations and counter-allegations of manipulating the election.

Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayo Fayose accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of deliberately working against the PDP just as the House of Representatives caucus of the PDP alleged that the APC had perfected plots to rig the election.

In a quick counter, the Ondo Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC of INEC, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, said the electoral umpire is not in favour of any party and advised Governor Mimiko to desist from making inflammatory statements.

However, the police assured that there will be adequate security during the poll, warning that anyone with more than N5000 on him or her at the polling centres would be arrested to curb voters inducement and manipulation of the exercise.

The election is holding in spite of calls for shift by the PDP Governorship Candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, Governor Mimiko, the PDP hierarchy and some groups to allow Jegede, who the Court of Appeal reinstated as standard bearer, on Wednesday, time to campaign like his other competitors.

With the INEC insisting on going ahead with the election today because it was not its fault that the PDP was having intra-party crises, the election umpire has been berated by Mimiko, Fayose and others.

Oke, Jimoh, Jegede Agunloye and Akeredolu

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