THE authorities of St Joseph’s College, Ondo, yesterday, denied that a student of the school was shot dead during the peaceful protest against the substitution of the PDP governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, in the town.
Reacting to media reports that a student of his school was killed during protest, the principal of the school, Mr Anthony Olaniyi, said the story was not only a ruse but also wicked.
“We didn’t record any death in our school on that day and there was no report of any injured student,’’ he said.
The Commissioner for Education, Jide Adejuyigbe, spoke in like manner, saying his checks in the school after he saw the newspaper report showed that nothing of such happened.
Also reacting to the report, the Peoples Democratic Party, through its Director of Publicity Ayo Fadaka said the report was one of the antics of the opposition to discredit its call for justice in the wrong done it by INEC.
Fadaka said, “no matter the level of blackmail, PDP will be victorious in its struggle to ensure the state is free from external influence.
“The report did not come to us as a surprise because those who orchestrated the removal of Jegede’s name from the INEC governorship candidate’s did not envisage the spontaneous reactions against the INEC decision across the state.
They underestimated the popularity and acceptance of the PDP candidate, but now they know better.”