The clash between supporters of Amidu Tadese, the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate in Osun West District and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, Lere Oyewumi on Tuesday claimed two lives and many others sustaining injuries.
Penpushing reports that the clash occurred in Ikire town following campaign fixed by the two rivals on the same day,Tadese claimed that Oyewumi led a band of thugs to attack the gathering of his own supporters when they were about to start their rally
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate, Oyewunmi in his own claim said it was the All Progressives Congress (APC) members that attacked and killed two of his supporters while returning from a rally
“Our supporters had already erected canopy and assembled at Ward 9, Ikire before the incident occurred. We were about to start the meeting when we saw the hoodlums shooting sporadically shortly after someone offered the opening prayers at the meeting’, Tadese said.
“They were more than 30 in number led by Akogun Lere Oyewumi, the PDP Osun West Senatorial Candidate. They were shooting from Naira and Kobo area and before we knew it, they were already at the venue attacking people and destroying property, including our vehicles and commercial minibuses and tricycles,” he added.
“The APC thug attacked our members while coming from our rally in the night and they have killed two people now while some of our members are receiving treatment in a hospital presently. They started attacking us as we were running for the safety of our lives”,Oyewunmi posited
Penpushing further reports that the Osun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed the incident and that one person was confirmed dead while some others were receiving treatment in the hospital.
“There was a fracas between the two parties yesterday and when the police intervened, we settled the crisis amicably for the two parties. It was later in the night that they attacked each other again that led to the death of one person and some were injured. The injured have been taken to the hospital,” she said.
“When we interrogated one of the injured victims, he said five people were brought to the hospital and only two of them were seen this morning, so he didn’t know the whereabouts of the remaining three people”, Opalola stated
Penpushing also reports that the police spokesperson said normalcy has been restored in the area in Ikire, as at the time of filing this report, and that people are now going on with their businesses.
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