AHEAD the August 9, governorship election in Osun State, supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and those of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore yesterday in Ilesa engaged themselves in a bloody clash, leaving two persons dead. If we recall, this is not the first time the two political parties will engage in blood battle.
The two party clashed at Irojo area of Ilesa using various dangerous weapons. As at press time, the identity of the deceased agree not yet known. it was gathered that victims were beaten with charms before they finally gave up the ghost.
The Public Relations Officer of the state command of the Nigeria
Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Ayo Olowo who
confirmed this said normalcy had since returned to Ilesa.
Reacting to the ugly incident the APC in a statement by its
spokesperson, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi alleged that the PDP thugs burnt
billboards of the APC governorship candidate and shot
sporadically, causing residents to flee .
“The APC condemn in the strongest term the recourse to violence
by desperate politicians in the PDP who have been boasting
publicly to use every means including federal might to remove the
APC from power in the state,” he stated.
Also, the PDP in a statement by Omisore’s Director of Media and
Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi blamed the APC for the violence
recorded in Ilesa and other parts of the state, alleging that the APC
was responsible for the clash.
Odeyemi noted that the APC governorship candidate had instigated
his supporters to resolve to violence, saying that “Aregbesola had
at different occasions called on his loyalists to go to campaigns
and even polling centres fully armed.”
He condemned the resolve of the APC to violence, saying that “the
era of do or die should have gone for good in Nigerian politics.
The Joint Task Force was later sent to the state to bring peace and
order to the place although the APC frowned at the development
saying the Presidency must have sent them to cow APC