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APC, PDP Bicker After Gun Attack On Osinbajo’s Convoy



The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC in Kwara State were on Wednesday night engaged in a war of words over the gun attack on the convoy of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the state.

The attack on the convoy of the vice-president left at least two persons injured with gun shot wounds.

The police which confirmed the report has blamed the attack on the PDP which is led in the state by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The attack on the convoy came as the vice president was departing following campaign activities in the state.

Reacting to the development on Wednesday evening, the APC in a statement by Rafiu Ajakaiye, spokesman for the APC governorship candidate in the state, the attack was the brainchild of some PDP members.

He said: “We condemn the brazen attack today in Ilorin on the convoy of the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo by armed PDP thugs, culminating in life-threatening gunshot injuries to at least two of our supporters while many others got seriously injured running for their lives”

“The vice president was at Isale Aluko suburb of Ilorin on a door-to-door campaign when some dare-devil gunmen opened fire at his convoy which included thousands of APC members and supporters.”

“In what is a reminiscence of the Offa robbery, this attack is the height of recklessness on the part of these street urchins who have long been empowered and armed by the discredited dynasty to terrorise our community and anyone who has contrary views to their amala politics. 

“Coming just a day after two of our supporters were killed in Ojoku in the convoy of our senatorial candidate Arc. Lola Ashiru, this is becoming too much and the madness must stop. Going into an election with these thugs clearly on the loose is an existential threat not just to all of us challenging the misrule in our state but to the entire people of the state and their properties.

“We call for immediate arrest and prosecution of these thugs. We also demand investigations to reveal those who gave the orders for these deadly attacks. We call for all measures to be taken to ensure safety of lives and properties and sanctity of the ballot box in Kwara and beyond.

“No one’s political interest should be at the expense of human lives and their properties.  We insist that a political contest is a contest of ideas and no one must be allowed to cow or kill others in the process.’

The PDP in its own reaction by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Tunde Ashaolu, the attack could have been a fallout of some alleged power tussle between two APC chieftains in the area the vice-president was passing through.

The two former governorship aspirants he said were Lukman Mustapha and Moshood Mustapha.

 “Our party has no time for violence as we have been busy preparing for the presidential and national assembly elections coming up on Saturday as well as the governorship and State Assembly elections.”

“Once again, we emphasise that the PDP has no hand in the the crisis. We advise them to resolve the lingering crisis in their party.

“We also urge security agencies to thoroughly investigate this matter and not to indiscriminately arrest innocent people who have no connection with this unfortunate incident.”

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