Two people were reportedly injured on Thursday  during  an alleged attack on the convoy  of Vice President,  Professor  Yemi  Osinbajo  in Ilorin,  Kwara state.

Although details of the incident were yet to be ascertained officially,  security sources confirmed the development to have occurred  around Isale  Aluko  area of the metropolis where Osinbajo had gone on his door -to- door campaign in the state capital.

A police  source who asked not to be mentioned  in the media explained  that the incident actually  occurred after the Vice President's convoy had left the vicinity.

Expectedly, the two major political parties in the state,  All Progressives Congress (APC)  and Peoples  Democratic Party (PDP) blamed each other for the attack which came barely 24 hours after a clash between the two parties at Ojoku,  Oyun  local government  area of the state,  left two people dead and several  others injured.

While the APC claimed  the attack on Osinbajo  was masterminded by PDP elements,  the latter insisted that the attack  stemmed from disagreement  on how to share money allegedly given to political thugs  working  for the APC.


Reacting to the development  on Thursday night Rafiu  Ajakaiye  media aide to Abdulrazaq  Abdulrahaman  the APC governorship candidate in the state,  claimed that  "the vice president was at Isale Aluko suburb of Ilorin on a door-to-door campaign when some dare-devil gunmen opened fire at his convoy which included thousands of APC members and supporters."

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 He called for immediate arrest and prosecution of those behind the incident as well as an investigation to reveal those who gave the orders for the attacks. He said two members of the APC sustained "life-threatening injuries",  while many others got seriously injured running for their lives.

"We call for all measures to be taken to ensure safety of lives and properties and sanctity of the ballot box in Kwara and beyond", he said

PDP Reacts

But   the PDP in its own reaction denied involvement  in the attack  saying  Osinbajo  had even visited  the Agbajit family  home of Senate  President,  Dr. Bukola  Saraki  without  any unpleasant  incident.

The party's  position,  was made known  by its Publicity  Secretary,  Tunde  Ashaolu,  "Osinbajo was in Ilorin for the door-to-door campaign rally of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other activities of the party, when his convoy was attacked.

"The incident was an intra party affair involving members of the APC, arising from the endless crisis confronting the party."

He added that crisis, however, broke out when Osinbajo got to Alanamu ward of Isale-Aluko, which is the base of two former governorship aspirants of the APC, Lukman Mustapha and Moshood Mustapha, who have been engulfed in superiority war.

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His words: “It was also gathered that the money released to be shared among party supporters triggered the violence. Our party has no time for violence as we have been busy preparing for the presidential and national assembly elections coming up on Saturday as well as the governorship and State Assembly elections.”

“Once again, we emphasise that the PDP has no hand in the fracas and we reject any attempt by the APC to link our party to the crisis. We advise them to resolve the lingering crisis in their party.

“We also urge security agencies to thoroughly investigate this matter and not to indiscriminately arrest innocent people who have no connection with this unfortunate incident."

When contacted,  spokesman for the state police command,  Ajayi  Okasanmi said he was yet to be briefed about the development  adding  that he would make an official  statement  once he has clarified the issue.


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