The AYOTIDE 2024 Campaign Organization, a prominent contender in Ondo state’s gubernatorial race, vehemently condemns the recent attacks on SUNSHINE FC Stars, a professional football club based in Akure, Ondo State. This unfortunate incident occurred on Friday, December 8, 2023, on the Benin-Ore Expressway, as the team was en route to Benin City, Edo State, for the 13th matchday of the Nigeria Premier Football League against Bendel Insurance FC of Benin.
According to available reports, six players sustained varying degrees of injuries, with two players falling unconscious and subsequently revived at the scene. The cause of the accident is alleged to be a lane violation by a driver who collided with the team’s vehicle. The team’s Manager, Mr. Seun Betiku, described the incident as both “pathetic and excruciating,” offering assurance to their fans that they are surmounting the trauma.
Our Leading APC Gubernatorial Aspirant, Amb. Dr. Victor Ayodeji Oritedi, strongly condemns these acts of violence and vandalism inflicted on innocent footballers who were merely fulfilling their duty to entertain their fans and uphold the spirit of sportsmanship. We call on the relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate this matter and ensure that the perpetrators face justice. Dr. Oritedi also urges all football enthusiasts in Nigeria to rally their support for SUNSHINE FC Stars and wish them a quick recovery.
We remain hopeful that this incident will not quell our passion for football or our respect for our fellow Nigerians.
We appreciate your attention to this matter.
AYOTIDE Media Team (AMT)
December 9, 2023.