Its two days to a bye-election in Kwara State, but the process has already been dented with violence.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Irepodun/Ekiti/Oke-Ero and Isin federal constituency for the November 17 by-election, Raheem Olawuyi, was on Thursday allegedly attacked by unknown gunmen.

Femi David, the campaign spokesman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Olawuyi was attacked at Idofin Igbana area during a campaign tour of Oke-Ero Local Government.

The campaign team was said to have been led by some members of the APC state executives and party stalwarts.

The assailants were said to have laid siege at the entrance of the town along the busy road before shooting at their target at close range.

NAN reports that the back screen of Olawuyi’s Lexus SUV was shattered following the impact of the attack.

Olawuyi, the driver and two other stalwarts of the party, were said to have escaped unhurt from the car.

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The supporters of the party described the act as barbaric and cruel, noting that the perpetrators must face the full wrath of the law when apprehended.

NAN reports that the community vigilante immediately swung into action by mobilising and combing the surrounding bush to locate the perpetrators.

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Olawuyi, while addressing his supporters at Idofin Igbana afterward, urged them to remain calm and steadfast.

He said that the act was one of the prizes for freedom and that they should remain undaunted and undeterred.

Chief Michael Olaoye, the Abadofin of Idofin Igbana led the team to the palace of Oni dofin of Igbana, Oba Samuel Ifabiyi to intimate him of the incident.

Olaoye said that the community would not rest until the perpetrators were apprehended.

According to him, this is the first time such an act was happening in the town during election campaigns.

In his reaction, Oba Ifabiyi expressed shock and dismay over the heinous crime, stressing that the perpetrator would be exposed in due course.

He advised the candidate not to allow the incident to dampen his morale, while urging him to remain focused on his ambition.

The Force Public Relation Officer of the Kwara Command, Ajayi Okasami, told NAN that they are awaiting an official report about the incident from Omu Aran.

Olawuyi and the PDP candidate for the election, Mr Jimoh Alatise are from Omu-Aran.