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General News of Friday, 17 March 2023


Desmond Elliot condemns ‘senseless attack’ on LP opponent in Lagos

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The Lagos State House of Assembly member, Desmond Elliot, has taken to social media to condemned the attack on the campaign team of his Labour Party opponent, Olumide Oworu.

On Thursday, March 16, Oworu took to his Twitter page to share videos and photos of the bruises meted out on his campaign team at Iponri, Surulere.

He wrote, “My team and I were attacked on Tuesday as we attempted to campaign at Iponri, Surulere. A member of my team was injured, but we are thankful the incident didn’t escalate past the level it was. The case has been reported at the Iponri police station.

“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!”

Confirming the attack, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Benjamin Hundeyin said, “I can confirm that but I don’t have all the details yet.”

Reacting to the attack, Desmond Elliot shared a Facebook post condemning attack by some unknown thugs.

He described Oworu’s attackers as “overzealous political jobbers masquerading as party supporters.”

The statement reads, “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.”