Scores injured as PDP/APC clash in Osun
OSOGBO—Several people were yesterday wounded when supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and its main rival, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, clashed in Iwo, Osun State, during the re-election campaign of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
According to reports, trouble started when some suspected supporters of PDP allegedly attacked a bus carrying market women on their way to the campaign ground.
In a reprisal attack, some supporters of APC were said to have traced the leaders of the attackers to their hideout where a free-for-all ensued, leaving many people wounded.
At least, one of the wounded was said to be on danger list at an undisclosed hospital.
Governor Aregbesola was said to have frowned at the development when briefed and ordered security operatives to ensure adequate security of lives and property on all campaign grounds.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officers PPRO, Mrs Folashade Odoro, said she was yet to be briefed on the development
Meanwhile, Aregbesola urged his supporters not to be intimidated by the presence of soldiers and police officers at polling centres during the August 9 governorship election in the state.
Addressing his supporters during the campaign rally in Iwo, Aregbesola stressed that the soldiers had no right to send electorates away during elections.
According to him “If soldiers attempt to shoot you, do not run away from them. They can’t kill all of you. In fact, any soldier that kills will be killed.”
Aregbesola also encouraged his supporters not to leave the polling centres until the election results were announced.