By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Supporters of the candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore in the August 9 governorship election in Osun state on Friday, 25th July engaged in a bloody clash over campaign posters in Ilesa, resulting to the death of one person.
It was gathered that supporters of the two political gladiators clashed at Irojo area of Ilesa using various dangerous weapons.
Investigation conducted by this medium revealed that some suspected thugs numbering five had beseiged a house in the area to paste the posters of one of the governorship candidates in the state before the occupant of the building allegedly prevented them thus resulting to fracas.
The deceased simply identified as Tolu was said to have been beaten with charms and gave up the ghost on the spot.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ibrahim Maishanu confirmed the incident and warned politicians in the state to shun violence. The CP said “I’m aware of the incident in Ilesa and I can confirm that one person died in the clash. The matter would be properly investigated”.
The PDP in a statement by Omisore’s Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi blamed APC for the violent clash 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 call on his loyalists to go to campaigns and even polling centres fully armed.”
However, APC in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr Kunle Oyatomi alleged that the PDP thugs burnt billboards of the APC governorship candidate and shot sporadically, causing residents to flee in different directions.
“The APC condemned 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 that can only be authorized by the presidency to attempt to remove the APC from power in the state.
“Once again, we want the presidency to think twice before plunging into this dangerous enterprise because it will significantly destabilise Nigeria, and more importantly truncate democracy.
“With the introduction of the Joint Task Force into Osun, the Federal Government is putting the State of Osun on a war footing.
“Let Nigerians who love this country prevail on the presidency that this is not a war that the Federal Government can win. It is supposed to be an election in a state that has the reputation of being one of the most peaceful in the country.
“The necessity for this irrational deployment of JTF does not exist in Osun, except for the rabid and unbridled ambition of PDP to capture Nigeria, even if it cost lives”.