Supporters Of APC And PDP Clash In Kwara, Kills 2 And Injures 8 Others

Two suspected members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been reported dead during a political clash in Ojoku ward, Oyun local government area of Kwara state on the night of Tuesday.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Kwara state Police Command identified as Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the incident in Ilorin, the state capital, yesterday, said that some suspects allegedly involved in the attack have been nabbed.

iDONSABI also gathers that a statement was released by the PPRO of the Kwara state command, Ajayi Okasanmi. The statement released by Okasanmi reminded political parties of the peace accord they signed with respect to political campaigns in the state, appealing to the victims of the attack not to result to self-help but to have all confidence in the command to see that justice is done.

Meanwhile, the leaders of APC and PDP in the state have continued to blame each other, as the state chairman of the APC identified Bashir Bolarinwa, and his PDP counterpart identified as Engineer Kola Shittu, described the attack as unprovoked on their members.

The APC chairman, Bashir Bplarinwa also confirmed that 2 members of the party had died from the attack. He further stressed that 8 persons were seriously injured from the attack as well.

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Some part of the statement released by the APC Chairman read:

“Yesterday, Tuesday, February 19, 2019, the APC senatorial candidate for Kwara South, Architect Lola Ashiru, took his electioneering campaign to Ojoku Ward in Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara. In line with tradition, he and his team paid a courtesy visit to the Olojoku of Ojoku in his palace.

After the courtesy visit to the Kabiyesi, the team came out of the palace to proceed to the venue of the rally. They had barely come out of the palace when they were ambushed by PDP thugs who, apparently, have been lurking around the palace. The attackers, who were armed with different weapons, started shooting at the APC members and supporters who accompanied our candidate to the palace. The policemen who accompanied our candidate’s campaign train tried to repel the attackers, but they were massively overwhelmed. Our candidate, Architect Lola Ashiru, was quickly taken away from the place and he remained in hiding for over two hours before police reinforcement came to rescue him.”

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