Two Injured In Alleged Attack On Osinbajo’s Convoy In Kwara
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."
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
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.
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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