A middle age woman, Mrs Modinat Adeoke who was assaulted and battered by some political thugs at a rally organised by All Progressive Congress (APC) in Obokun/Oriade federal constituency of Osun state
has recounted her ordeal.
In a chat with Daily Trust correspondent, Mrs Modinat said she was at the venue of the APC rally at Ilase-Ijesa in Obokun Local government area when the thugs struck and caused pandemonium.
“We all ran helter-skelter when the rally was disrupted, and I was
hearing gunshots repeatedly. I ran towards our village, Ibisomi. On my
way, some of the thugs ambushed me and beat me. They also stabbed me on my head. It was a very terrible experience”.
One of the APC chieftains in the Obokun/Oriade federal constituency of
Osun state, Mrs Dupe-Ajayi Gbadebo who addressed a press conference
over the matter told journalists that one of the members of the party
who was shot during the attack, Agunbiade Bukola, was at the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa.
Dupe-Ajayi claimed that the assailants carried out the attack on the order of the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party for Osun East Senatorial seat, Prince Francis Fadahunsi.
She added that APC members were able to identify the attackers and gave the names of Oguntade Blessing, Semiu Lamidi, Abiodun Fayawo and one Kazeem as the perpetrators.
According to Dupe-Ajayi, “We had set up our beautifully decorated podium for the campaign and we moved to the street to welcome the governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.
The PDP thugs stormed the venue, shot our members and disrupted the event. These thugs were sponsored by Prince Francis Fadahunsi who wants to be a senator by all means”.
“Prince Fadahunsi had earlier issued an ultimatum to our people that
anybody that would not vote for him must vacate this town. We need
protection and that is why we are calling on the police and other security agencies to do their job”.
However, the PDP candidate, Prince Fadahunsi, debunked the allegation
and accused APC thugs of using the covering of the governor to unleash
violence on PDP members in the area.
Fadahunsi spoke through the spokesperson of his campaign organisation, Mr. Sola Olowoye and insisted that he did not sponsor the attack on APC members. He added that the APC was seeking to cause trouble in the town because they are aware that their party is not popular in the area.
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