APC, PDP trade words over killing of party member in Oyo


The All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyo State chapter has called on the police to investigate the killing of Hakeem Mudashiru, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in Oyo town.

The call came, even as PDP in the state accused APC of sponsoring a ‘killer squad’ to assassinate its member.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mudashiru was reportedly hacked to death by hoodlums at his family compound in Oyo East Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.

APC, in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare, and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan, urged the police to investigate those accusing it of behind the killing.

It condemned the ruling party for allegedly playing politics with issues relating to security of lives and property in the state.

“Oyo town is not a recluse, as it is populated by good people who had been living in peace and tranquility until the present PDP administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde came with its mission of domestic terrorism.

“For the avoidance of doubt, some leaders of our great party (APC) were in Oyo town to welcome some defectors from PDP, Accord and other parties,” it said.

APC said that the ceremony went well and that everybody present, including the party’s candidates, leaders as well as party supporters, enjoyed the atmosphere devoid of violence or tension.

The party said that it was not aware of any violent attack recorded in Oyo town yesterday.

“We urge the state police command to investigate the allegation, with a view to establishing the fact and punishing the culprits, particularly those making false allegations against our party,” it said.

However, the PDP, in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Akeem Olatunji, described the attack as unfortunate.

The party pointed fingers at APC, accusing it of sponsoring a ‘killer-squad’ to assassinate its member.

While stating that some of its members also sustained varying degrees of injuries during the attack, PDP appealed to the state Commissioner of Police, Adebowale Williams, to bring the culprits to book.

“Despite the peace accord APC entered into alongside other political parties in the state, ahead of the 2023 general elections, the opposition party has continued its sustained and coordinated attacks against our members.

“We are aware that these attacks are fully sanctioned and backed by certain individuals, including some APC candidates who are not only desperate to win the 2023 elections by either ‘hook or crook’, but also doing so at whatever cost,” PDP said. (NAN)


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