Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in Oye-Ekiti.
The billboard located at Ayede junction in the town was destroyed during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rally held on Tuesday.
Sources in the community alleged that the billboard was destroyed by hoodlums led by a local government chairman who stormed the place in a
Toyota Hummer bus.
The action sparked tension in the town as some APC members who wanted to launch a counter-attack were prevailed upon by their leaders.
But the state APC Chairman, Chief Olajide Awe, accused Governor Ayo Fayose of complicity saying ,“Fayemi’s billboard was vandalized when he (Fayose) led the PDP rally to the town.”
Awe said: “Fayose destroyed it with his thugs, we are taking action on it. I have told our members in Oye to be vigilant. In a situation where the governor exhibits that, it is uncalled for.
“It is abnormal, I have told our party members to be calm, we are taking action including judicial action against those who participated in the destruction of the billboard.
“Fayose was there at the rally at Oye town and the rally was organized by the PDP and the chief security officer of the state was there. What further evidence do you need?”
But the PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, accused the APC chair and members of his party of attempting to blackmail Fayose.
Adebayo said: “We don’t habour hoodlums in our party, it is APC that harbours hoodlums and you can see it from their recent congresses.
“PDP is a party of peace, our rally in Oye that day was peaceful and the governor and our members were not responsible for the destruction of the billboard.
“APC should search its ranks for those who destroyed the billboard if ever it was destroyed because I am hearing it for the first time.
Governor Fayose knows nothing about it and our members know nothing about it.”