- An APC candidate for the forthcoming bye-election, Raheem Olawuyi, was on Thursday, November 15, attacked by some unidentified gunmen in Kwara
- The attackers reportedly laid siege at the entrance of the Oke-Ero area of the state before shooting at their target at close range
- Although the jeep conveying Olawuyi was shattered by the attack, the candidate, his driver and two other stalwarts of the party escaped unhurt
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Irepodun/Ekiti/Oke-Ero and Isin federal constituency forthcoming by-lection, Raheem Olawuyi, was on Thursday, November 15, allegedly attack by unknown gunmen.
Femi David, the campaign spokesman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Olawuyi was attacked at Idofin Igbana area during a campaign tour of Oke-Ero local government area.
The campaign team was said to have been led by some members of the APC state executives and party stalwarts.
The assailants were said to have laid siege at the entrance of the town along the busy road before shooting at their target at close range.
NAN reports that the back screen of Olawuyi’s Lexus Jeep was shattered following the impact of the attack. Olawuyi, the driver and two other stalwarts of the party, were said to have escaped unhurt in the Jeep.
The supporters of the party described the act as barbaric and crude, noting that the perpetrators must face the full wrath of the law when apprehended.
NAN reports that the community vigilante immediately swung into action by mobilising and combing the surrounding bush to locate the perpetrators.
Olawuyi, while addressing his supporters at Idofin Igbana afterward at about 2:00 a.m, urged them to remain calm and steadfast.
He said that the act was one of the prizes for freedom and that they should remain undaunted and undeterred.
Chief Michael Olaoye, the Abadofin of Idofin Igbana led the team to the palace of Oni dofin of Igbana, Oba Samuel Ifabiyi to intimate him of the incident. Olaoye said that the community would not rest until the perpetrators were apprehended.
According to him, this is the first time such act was happening in the town during election campaigns.
In his reaction, Oba Ifabiyi expressed shock and dismay over the heinous crime, stressing that the perpetrator would be exposed in due course.
He advised the candidate not to allow the incidence dampen his morale, while urging him to remain focused on his ambition.
Effort by David to alert the area commander and the divisional police officer in Omu-Aran about the incident was said to have proved abortive. David said that the matter as well as the affected vehicle had been lodged at the Area command.
The command's public relation officer in the state, Ajayi Okasami, told NAN that they are awaiting official report about the incidence from Omu Aran.
NAN reports that Olawuyi and the PDP candidate for the election, Jimoh Alatise are from Omu-Aran.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the APC in Kwara state had started blaming each other ahead of the bye-election holding in the state on Saturday, November 17.
Legit.ng gathered that while the PDP accused APC of importing thugs and ammunition into the state, the former ruling party in the state, dismissed the allegation as baseless and unwarranted.
The PDP claimed that the APC embarked on importing thugs in a desperate bid to win the bye-election into the vacant House of Representatives seat of Oke Ero/Irepodun/Ekiti/Isin federal constituency.
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