Over 20 persons were yesterday injured in Idanre town, Idanre local government area of Ondo State as the supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) clashed, throwing the community in a state of commotion.
It was learnt that the incident caused panic in Isalu area of the ancient town, as people were seen running for the safety of their lives.
The chairman of PDP in Idanre local government area, Mr Bola Ogundolu, who alleged that he was injured by the furious APC supporters during the clash, told LEADERSHIP Friday that “members of the two parties were to hold their get-together today (yesterday), they were both granted permission by the Divisional Police Officer in the town.
“But in the morning, some thugs went to the house of the PDP chairman where people were preparing the food for the ceremony. The boys (suspected APC supporters) invaded the house and attacked and beat everybody in the house, they took away all the cooked foods that had been prepared.
“The chairman was attacked in front of the DPO when he went to report the activities of the hoodlums at the police station. He was seriously injured by the thugs.”
Ogundolu was said to have been rushed to an undisclosed private hospital in the town as a result of the injury sustained in the brawl.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Mr. Femi Joseph, said normalcy had returned to the town as the two parties had agreed to make peace.
Joseph, however, denied that the PDP chairman in the Idanre was beaten at the police station by the hoodlums.
The PPRO said, “The APC sought our approval to hold their get together and we provided them security but from nowhere we learnt that the PDP too were holding theirs and we were not aware of their own. That was how the clash occurred but I can tell you now that normalcy had returned.
“But we had met with the leaders of the two parties and thank God the matter has been resolved amicably, the caretaker chairman of the APC in the local government had offered to compensate the PDP for all they have lost. If the PDP too want to hold their own party tomorrow, we are ready to give them security.”