The All Progressives Congress APC in Oyo state has blamed the member representing Ibadan North East/Ibadan South East in the House of Representatives, Honorable Abass Adigun, as being responsible for the reported political violence which claimed some lives at Ile-Tuntun, Ibadan on Thursday day calling on the State Police Command to investigate the ugly incident thoroughly and ensure that those found culpable are made to face the full wrath of the law.
Oyo APC while reacting to the incident through a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare, said that it was regrettable to note that “some political players still believe in using violence and brigandage against their opponents not minding the consequences of their actions.
“What happened today in Ibadan leaves much to be desired as it was a clear manifestation of the alarm we have been raising for quite some months. Available facts indicate that it was a vase of unprovoked attack against members of our Party (APC) and the attackers were the PDP thugs who operated in broad daylight with unbridled gusto.
“As much as we would not want to prevent the security agents from doing the needful by investigating the incident thoroughly with a view to ascertaining the identities of all the attackers and other accomplices, it is imperative we establish the fundamental point that it was a premeditated onslaught against our members who were holding a strategic meeting ahead of the election coming up on Saturday.
“The exact location of the ugly incident was the Ibadan South East local government secretariat at Iyana Court, Ile-Tuntun Area of Ibadan. Some stalwarts of the APC had gathered to plan ahead of the Saturday poll in relation to deployment and monitoring of poll agents. While the indoor meeting was going on, it was reported that a team of PDP members led by Hon. Adigun (a.k.a Agboworin) emerged from nowhere and they created tension and panic among residents who scampered for safety.
“Eyewitness account had it that gunshots rent the air as Agboworin reported ordered political thugs who came with him to start shooting sporadically at the direction of the APC members who were holding their meeting inside the complex housing our secretariat. At the end of the day, many people were shot at and all campaign vehicles belonging to the APC found around were badly destroyed.
“Information about the casualties recorded is still sketchy but about seven of our members who sustained varying degrees of injury have since been hospitalized. It is on this note that we urge the Commissioner of Police to order a thorough of the incident and also ensure that such incident is prevented in future.” Oyo APC stated.