Angered by reports of an attack on State House of Assembly candidate Olumide Oworu in Lagos, the Labour Party has condemned the incident, urging Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to call those responsible to order.
Reports of the attack flooded the social media space on Thursday, with many saying that the Nollywood star and his supporters were beaten at the rally ground by hoodlums suspected to be thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Reacting in a statement, Olubunmi Odesanya, the State Publicity Secretary, disclosed that the attack on Oworu and Labour Party supporters took place around Bode Thomas Street Junction in Surulere.
According to Odesanya, people in the vicinity at the time were also robbed of valuables.
“Labour Party in Lagos is seriously grieved about the unchecked violence perpetuated against candidates, members and supporters of our party in these few days leading to the March 18 governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
“Hon. Olumide Oworu, a young actor, popularly known as Tari of The Johnsons fame, who is contesting against APC’s Desmond Elliot, was attacked around Bode Thomas Street junction in Surulere as he was about to kick-off a campaign rally on Thursday afternoon.
“The APC villains allegedly attacked them at the venue, beat up his supporters, robbed people and generally caused pandemonium in the neighbourhood. Some team members were savagely harmed and are receiving medical attention.
“Labour Party hereby calls on Governor Babajide Sanwoolu to call his stalwarts to order.
“APC is sowing violence in heaps and the harvest is spelling doom for the ruling party.
“We wonder how he is able to look the other way and be unperturbed by the mayhem caused day after day in the state.
“APC with all its thuggery is handing over victory to our candidate, Olumide.
“It is apparent that the impending defeat by the LP unnerves APC.
“Having seen the followership and popularity of our party in the last presidential election, they are afraid of all the LP’s candidates.
“The APC is failing to get electorates to their side and have been running from pillar to post, employing the most underhand and appalling means possible.
“Labour Party is putting the Nigeria Police, all security agencies, Human and Civil Rights organizations, International Election Observers and Monitoring Teams on red alert with a view to curb the excesses of the APC.
“Labour Party is as focused as ever on achieving outstanding victory at the polls from top to bottom”, the statement reads.
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