The governorship and state House of Assembly elections on Saturday, March 9 2019, has claimed its first major victim, Temitope Olatoye, famously known as Sugar.

Olatoye, who represents Lagelu/Akinleye constituency of Oyo State in the federal House of Representatives, was making the journey from his village after casting his vote when some political thugs ambushed him and assailed him with a hail of bullets.

One bullet was lodged in his head from point blank range, leaving him fatally wounded.

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Olatoye, who was gunned down in Elesu village, Lalupon, Lagelu, was immediately rushed to the Accident and Emergency ward of the University College Hospital in Ibadan by his supporters, before being moved to the Intensive Care Unit, where doctors battled to save his life.

At about 7:45 p.m. of the same day, Olatoye was declared dead by doctors.

A close aide of the lawmaker had revealed that some suspected political thugs of a rival politician in the constituency, carried out the attack.

The politician's name wasn't given.

In 2011, Olatoye contested and won the election into the Oyo State House of Assembly on the platform of the Accord Party.

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