The political violence in Lagos State worsened on Sunday as the campaign train of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, was reportedly attacked by thugs said to be armed with guns and other dangerous weapons.
The incident, according to a statement by the Lagos State PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Hakeem Amode happened when the convoy reached the Ikoga Junction area of Badagry Local Government.
Amode said many members of the party and journalists sustained injuries in the attack.
The statement read, “The campaign train of the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party was attacked today while returning from visitation to members of the party at the Ikoga Junction area of Badagry Local Government by All Progressives Congress sponsored thugs this evening.
“The attack led to injuries of several members of Jandor’s entourage and pressmen. As of the time of this press statement, one of the news reporters is in critical condition in an undisclosed hospital while those injured are been treated.
“The thugs that attack the campaign train were shouting APC while shooting guns and using dangerous weapons.
“You will recall that our party raised concern over the threat to use APC-sponsored thugs to attack the campaign programs of our Gubernatorial candidate Dr Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran-Jandor recently and we would like to state categorically that this will not deter the determination of our candidate to campaign for the next election and win the election come March 29, 2023.
“We would like to call on the Commissioner of Police of Lagos state and the Area Commander of Police in the Badagry division to do everything possible to fish out those behind the attack and necessary disciplinary actions taken against them to forestall such occurrences in the future and to instill confidence in our members that they will be protected during this campaign period.
“We would like to also strongly warn those that are hell-bent on causing trouble or planning to disrupt the campaign and elections that we would not fold our arms and watch as we will resist all forms of intimidation.”
He called on the Commissioner of Police of Lagos State and the Area Commander of Police in the Badagry division to do everything possible to arrest those behind the attack.
Recall that recently two flag boys of the Labour Party were nearly burnt alive by thugs loyal to the All Progressives Congress in the Oshodi area of the state.
There was also a fight last week at the Alaba international market where thugs also went to harass Igbo traders at that market based on party politics.