Abdul-Azeez Adediran, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos, has claimed that his deputy, Funke Akindele, was chased out of Ketu fruit market on Tuesday, while one of his supporters was also stabbed.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Akindele left the campaign after being pursued by hoodlums in the market, while Adediran’s campaign train moved around the council’s streets.
Jandor, on the other hand, lamented the constant attacks on his campaign train by political thugs during a meeting with the council of Chief Imam at the Ketu Central Mosque in Kosofe Local Government Area (LGA).
He confirmed that hoodlums attacked his campaign train in the council, injuring one of his security team members.
Similar incidents, he claims, have occurred repeatedly in various LGAs since he began his tour of 245 wards on October 19, 2022.
Adediran, who claimed that some of his supporters, including journalists, had been injured, stated that the incident would not deter him from rescuing the state from the ruling APC.
He went on to say that chasing his running mate out of Kosofe Fruit Market was not good for democracy in the country, but he would not be deterred.
According to him, his entry into the race was motivated by a desire to free the state from bondage and rescue it by allowing the wealth in the state to work for all rather than a few.
Adediran praised the League of Imams for their bravery in agreeing to his invitation for an interactive session with them, but said some declined out of fear of the ruling party.
The candidate, who sought the support of Islamic clerics, urged them to pray to God on his behalf.
“What is happening is not something we want to repeat. It is bad for democracy, but despite the attacks, we are still moving and motivated to save our people.
“I know only God can give and take; if God gives, no one can take,” he explained.
Responding, Imam Ismaheel Kajola, the league’s leader, stated that it was imperative for religious leaders to provide audience and prayers for all candidates who came to seek their blessings.