2019: 2 Killed, Many Injured In Oyo APC Rally
No fewer than two people were reportedly killed and several others injured when gun wielding hoodlums stormed the All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign rally in Oyo State.
The incident occurred during a rally held at the old motor park in Igboora on Saturday evening.
The campaign train, led by Governor Abiola Ajimobi had commenced with a road show from Lanlate through Igboora, Idere, Ayete, Tapa and Igangan before the rallies at Igboora, Eruwa and Omi-Adio.
It was a peaceful rally, which saw the governor and the party’s governorship candidate, Adebayo Adelabu, acknowledging cheers from supporters who had thronged the streets to show solidarity for the party.
Trouble, however, started immediately after the rally in Igboora as suspected political hoodlums engaged in a bloody clash.
A resident, identified to be a younger brother to an APC leader in the community, was hit by a stray bullet and eventually died.
It was gathered that some suspected hoodlums had accosted the APC governorship candidate to demand money but were blocked by another group of hoodlums.
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This resulted in heated arguments which later led to the free for all.
The incident had since resulted in counter allegations and reactions from political parties and residents.
While the APC accused opposition parties of being behind the mayhem, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked APC to look inwards for the perpetrators.
“Guns were freely displayed by thugs alleged to have been arranged and sponsored by the PDP and some other parties to carry out the dastardly act,” ,” APC communication team said in a statement.
“The mayhem eventually cost two lives. One of which is a younger brother to the leader of our party, Alhaji Olayide Abas. We hereby charge security agencies to investigate and unravel the killers of the deceased.
“It is important to note that the PDP has continually incited the people to cause trouble, having realised that the game is over. The PDP is among the parties that masterminded the mayhem.”
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