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Violent clashes mar Osun State poll preparations

08 July 2014, 09:45Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Several people have been injured and property destroyed following clashes between supporters of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) ahead of the Osun State governorship election.

The clashes have mainly been reported in the state capital, Osogbo.

The incumbent governor, Rauf Aregbesola, of the APC is up against Senator Iyiola Omisore of the PDP in the August election.

While the PDP blamed some leaders of the APC for the clash, APC said the incidents were a reflection of the desperation of the PDP to capture the state by all means.

Director of Media and Strategy of Omisore Campaign Organisation, Diran Odeyemi, some leaders of the APC and members of the State Boys, a group of alleged political thugs funded by the state government, led the attacks.

The organisation said the coordinated attack on the PDP members was launched immediately after a purported rally of the APC.

It said six vehicles belonging to PDP members were destroyed, countless numbers of shops razed and looted and several members of the party beaten and attacked by machetes.

“We have implored our members to remain law abiding while we have notified the police and other security agencies of this unwarranted attacks on innocent PDP members who are going about their lawful business.”

APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of Kunle Oyatomi, in a statement, distanced his party from the violence.

“The question all intelligent people should ask themselves is how can a government of APC that is conscious of critical relationship between peace and development turn round to create violence to stall the very same socio and environmental development it has brought about in Osun?" he asked.

- CAJ News

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