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Re-run: Thugs destroy PDP chieftain’s house

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There are indications of violence ahead of tomorrow’s supplementary election to conclude the Osun State governorship poll as a group of thugs, yesterday, destroyed the house of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ifon-osun community, Alhaji Olarinde Ashifat.

The armed thugs were said to have invaded the town the in the early hours of the day, shot sporadically into the air to scare residents away before descending on perceived members of the opposition, who they ordered not to come out on the day of the election.
The attack has forced many residents to flee the town, while those that had the courage to stay back are said to be living in fear.

An indigene of the community, who spoke with our correspondent, said Alhaji Ashifat, whose house was destroyed in the process, escaped death by whiskers.

The source further revealed that many politicians in the town were dragged away by the yet to be identified thugs, who operated freely for hours before the intervention of security agents forced them to retreat.

Alhaji Ashifat, who spoke on the attack, said it was the divine intervention of God that saved him from being killed.

He, however, confirmed that his house was destroyed by the thugs. He warned politicians against politics of bitterness and desperation.

The state chairman of the PDP, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state should be held responsible for the tension in the state ahead of the rerun election.

Adagunodo, who described developments after last Saturday’s election as barbaric and wicked, called on security agents to call the APC government to order for peace to reign in the state.

He also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to wade in into the issue before it snowballs into crisis.

But, the APC through its spokesperson, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi, said the thuggery going on in the state is being sponsored by the PDP and called on the security agents to call the party to order.

The APC spokesperson accused the PDP of behaving abnormally because of its desperate to usurp power from the ruling party.

Meanwhile, the World Bishops Council (WBC), yesterday, cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to destroy the country’s democracy.

WBC, in a statement signed by its Africa spokesman, Bishop Seun Adeoye, noted that the reported manipulation of the results of the Osun State governorship election should be a major concern to all. The council noted that the discovery of such obvious tampering is disgraceful.

The statement reads in part: “The world is watching Nigeria as the most populated country in Africa. INEC is supposed to be an unbiased umpire in any election, but the reverse is the case in this matter. How can 21,479 be summed up to become 23,479 and how can 14,867 be added up to become 16, 254? That is a mystery. That is a bad precedent. That should not be allowed.”

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