Political thugs suspected to be supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State have attacked members of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the state.

The ADP members were attacked while they were returning from a political rally in Ilesa on Saturday.

They had gone to the rally of the governorship candidate of the ADP,  Moshood Adeoti, in Ilesa, and were returning to their base in Osogbo when the armed hoodlums attacked the bus conveying them.

The thugs were said to have told the people in the bus to stop shouting Sheu – which the ADP candidate is popularly called – because Ilesa was an APC town.

One of those attacked was Grace Oladele, a prominent member of the ADP in Olorunda Local Government Area.

She said: “The hoodlums had earlier warned us when we were going that we should stop shouting Sheu and start shouting Ileri Oluwa (the slogan of the APC candidate).

"On our way back, they stopped our bus and attacked us. I have a cut in my ear while my eight-month-old baby was attacked on the head".

The Director of Publicity of Moshood Adeoti Campaign Organisation, Kayode Agbaje, corroborated Oladele’s claims in a statement.

He blamed the attack on suspected APC thugs, who he claimed were hired by the ruling party.

Apart from Oladele and her son, he said one Sunday Ariyibi, Banke Awoniyi, the ADP State Women Leader, Adeleke Folasade; and Iyabo  Bankole, were injured during the attack.

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The ADP Chairman in the state,  Toye Akinola, while condemning the attack, called on security agencies to ensure adequate protection of lives and property of all the people in the state.

But the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the APC in Osun State, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, described the allegation against the ruling party as “spurious and baseless".

Oyatomi said: “The ADP, which is an Association of Displaced Politicians, is just seeking cheap publicly. Why will anybody attack ADP? The party is not a threat. They are non-starters and they cannot be a threat to the APC.

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“They are just looking for attention because they know that they are not known. They will be put permanently in their place after the September 22 governorship election".

The ADP governorship candidate, Adeoti, had resigned as the Secretary to the State Government from the cabinet of Governor Rauf Aregbesola because of the crisis over the primary election of the APC.

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He subsequently picked the governorship ticket of the ADP.
Three members of the Osun State House of Assembly and some chieftains of the ruling party had also dumped the APC and joined the ADP.