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Ondo Poll: ACN Rally Paralyses Akure

Ondo Poll: ACN Rally Paralyses Akure

Vehicular movement was on Monday disrupted for several hours in Cathedral and Oja Oba areas of Oba Adesida Road, Akure during the campaign rally of the Action Congress of Nigeria.

The rally, which took place at the Democracy Park, Akure, featured socio-cultural activities like singing and dancing by party men.

Trouble was averted in some parts of Akure, the state capital, as mild altercation ensued between ACN loyalists and members of the opposition parties when suspected party thugs hurled sachets of pure water at some commercial drivers.

A man, who identified himself as Tayo Adekanmi claimed that the drivers who were harrassed by the hoodlums belong to parties in opposition to the ACN.

Adekanmi said, “I am not a politician but we all know that harassment is a common thing in politics in this country.”

Meanwhile, a majority of pupils in Akure trekked long distances home because of the rally which prevented shuttle buses from working.

The Olusegun Mimiko administration provided free shuttle buses for pupils in the state in January to alleviate the transport problems which followed fuel subsidy removal.

The scheme is in two phases: state-owned taxis charging lower than public ones and the buses which are free for pupils in both private and public schools.

They ply areas such as Oke Aro, Oke Ijebu and Orita Obele to Oba Ile towns.

Some of the pupils were seen clutching their bags and walking in groups.

One of the pupils said they were forced to trek home because the buses did not show up.

He said, “We heard that the ACN was holding a rally today and when we did not see our buses we decided to walk to our homes.”

ACN-branded T-shirts were distributed to supporters who thronged the venue for the rally.

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