About 15 days to the governorship election in Osun State, western Nigeria, latest reports indicate that a clash that broke out between supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola and those of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore has claimed the lives of two persons.
According to a report on Vanguard online, the tragic incident occurred on Friday, 25 July, 2014 in Ilesa when members of APC and PDP engaged themselves in a bloody clash, leaving two persons dead.
It was gathered that supporters of the two political gladiators clashed at Irojo area of Ilesa using various dangerous weapons.
It was informed that the victims were beaten with charms before they finally gave up the ghost.
A source told P.M. News that “Omisore’s gang of miscreants believed to be IBK boys were seen brandishing cutlasses and shooting sporadically”.
The source noted that in the process a member of the opposition party was killed.
“Tolu Adeosun, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in ward 9 Ilesa East was shot death in front of his house around Osun Ankanra, in Irojo immediately he was identified by one of the miscreants as an APC member,” he said.
“The late Tola Adeosun held naming ceremony for his new born baby just yesterday, the source added that, they threatened to kill more APC members.”
The source said that the act was the height of anarchy and political thuggery. “May God spare Osun from Iyiola Omisore and his murderous gang, despite the obvious rejection of his candidature all over the state, he has begun to claim victory ahead of 9 August governorship elections,”
Residents of Ilesa, the hometown of the incumbent governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, say the miscreants have promised more violence for the governor’s supporters.
While confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Ayo Olowo, stated that normalcy had since returned to Ilesa.
APC spokesperson, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, while reacting to the ugly incident alleged that the PDP thugs burnt billboards of the APC governorship candidate and shot sporadically, causing residents to flee .
“The APC condemn in the strongest term the recourse to violence by desperate politicians in the PDP who have been boasting publicly to use every means including federal might to remove the APC from power in the state,” he stated.
Also, the PDP in a statement by Omisore’s Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi blamed the APC for the violence recorded in Ilesa and other parts of the state, alleging that the APC was responsible for the clash.
Odeyemi noted that the APC governorship candidate had instigated his supporters to resolve to violence, saying that “Aregbesola had at different occasions called on his loyalists to go to campaigns and even polling centres fully armed.”
He condemned the resolve of the APC to violence, saying that “the era of do or die should have gone for good in Nigerian politics”.
Ahead the governorship polls in Osun, political analysts have warned against political crisis in the state as tension between the APC and PDP continues to boil.