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Just In: One killed in Ilesa, as APC, PDP trade blame

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress in Osun State have been trading blame over the spate of attacks in Ijesha land.

This was coming after a member of the APC at Ward Nine, Irojo, Ilesa East Local Government Council Area of the state, Ebenezer Alaro, was killed by suspected political hoodlums on Friday.

Alaro, according to a release by the Osun APC Acting chairman, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, the deceased was allegedly murdered by the Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) thugs who were said to be operating on the directive of Sanya Omirin, the Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) House of Representatives candidate for Ijesa-South Federal Constituency.

"It was learned that Alaro, who was the driver of the Cabsta vehicle used by the APC candidates for the party's resumed ward-by-ward rally in the constituency yesterday, was chased to the front of his father's house where he was shot around 1:00 p.m. by hoodlums led by 'Bongo,' a notorious thug in the community.

"It was gathered that Omirin was earlier sighted at Irojo Junction of the ancient town in the midst of masked men in police uniform who went on rampage alongside the PDP thugs, an incident which subsequently led to the killing of the APC member".

However, the PDP in a statement signed by the PDP Acting Chairman in Osun State, Dr Akindele Adekunle, said some APC thugs on Friday descended on the homes of the father of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Ilesa East/Ilesa West/ Atakunmosa-East/Atakunmosa-West Federal Constituency, Honourable Olusanya Omirin, in Ilesa East local government, causing major scare for the octonogorian who had to run for safety as live bullets rain down on his building.

“Similar despicable attack was visited on the home of the father of the immediate PDP Chairman of the State, Honourable Sunday Bisi, which threw residents, especially the PDP chief old man in palpable fear.

“The rejected APC having realized the resolve of the people to vote against it has taken to violence and attacked our party members and innocent citizens with the aim of scaring them away from the election.

”This is pure evil and it is our passionate call on every lover of democracy to come to the aid of our party members in Ijeshaland, and by extension, the whole of Osun state, in the face of APC resort to violence".

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