Desmond Elliot, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, has denounced the attack on Olumide Oworu’s labor party opponent’s campaign staff.
Oworu claimed in a tweet on Thursday that thugs broke into his campaign event on Tuesday in Iponri, Surulere.
He wrote, “On Tuesday, as my team and I sought to campaign in Iponri, Surulere, we were ambushed. Although one of my teammates got hurt, we are grateful that the situation didn’t get worse than it already was. The incident has been reported to the police department in Iponri.
“I am not deterred by the incident. Instead, I am more committed to seeing this through. We will pass through the wards in constituency 1 (Akinhanmi/Cole, Adeniran/Ogunsanya, Iponri Housing Estate/Eric Moore, Igbaja/Stadium, Shitta/Ogunlana Drive, Yaba/Ojuelegba). See you outside!”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the Tuesday attack, saying, “I can confirm that but I don’t have all the details yet.”
In a statement shared via his verified Facebook page on Friday, the All Progressives Congress candidate and incumbent Surulere Constituency Representative tagged Oworu’s attackers as “overzealous political jobbers masquerading as party supporters.”
The release read in part, “The attention of the Media Office of Hon. Olushola Desmond Elliot has been drawn to the senseless attack on the supporters of the Labour Party in Surulere by suspected thugs and overzealous political jobbers masquerading as party supporters.
“Elliot has reiterated at several fora in the build up to the general election that he will never be a party to any move that seeks to undermine the peaceful coexistence that we currently enjoy in Lagos State as citizens under the able leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”
He further condemned “in strong terms,” the act of violence, and enjoined residents of the state to remain peaceful as they head to the governorship and state House of Assembly elections on Saturday.