It was reported that the APC candidate for the bye-election, Raheem Olawuyi, was attacked by unknown gunmen on Thursday, November 15
There are signs that fear has gripped people of Kwara south senatorial district in Kwara state where bye-election for Irepodun /Isin/Ekiti/Oke-Ero federal constituency would take place on Saturday, November 17.
It was stated that scores of the PDP members in Ajase-Ipo in Irepodun local government council area of the state have also been declared missing in the wee hours of Thursday night ahead of the bye-election.
The victims, according to a report, were said to have been declared missing following the alleged attack of their homes by some people suspected to be security operatives.
It was gathered that the development might not be unconnected with the alleged hatched plan of APC to intimidate the PDP members from the area against mobilizing for the PDP’s candidate in the election, Alhaji Saheed Alatise.
On Thursday, November 15, Alhaji Raheem Olatunji, the APC’s candidate in the election, was reportedly attacked during his campaign tour of the federal constituency.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, leader of the APC in the state, has condemned the attack on the APC’s candidate, saying that party would work with appropriate agencies to ensure free, fair and credible election on Saturday, November 17, with adequate security before, during and after the election.
He stated that, the election would open a new chapter for the party and it would be used to show entire public that the APC is together and the preferred party.
However, the disturbed Kwara PDP youths have kicked against the purported arrest of their leaders by unknown gunmen in advance of the election.
On Friday, November 16, in a statement issued by the group’s spokesperson, Akeem Iyanda, he said that, the unpleasant development was meant to intimidate the PDP members from voting during the poll.
The group said that, “This action of the security operatives is not only illegal and barbaric but a violation of fundamental human rights.
“More so, such actions constitute a threat to our nascent democracy and also represent gross abuse of state institutions by the APC-led federal government.
“We call on the media, civil society organizations, local and international observers and the general public to take note of this primitive show of power and other pre-election intimidation tactics of the FG and APC.”
Talking on the incident, the police public relations officer in Kwara state, Ajayi Okasanmi, said he was yet to be informed of the development, saying, “I am not aware of this new incident.”
He nevertheless said, ”I will make inquiry on the development so as to know the true position of things as regards the arrest of PDP chieftains by some security operatives that invaded the homes of the PDP chieftains.”