Less than 24 hours after the violence that claimed two lives at the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship campaign rally in Igboora, headquarters of Ibarapa Central local government, the party’s candidate for Idi/Ibarapa East federal constituency, Professor Olowofela reportedly escaped death.
One of his supporters, one Alhaji Salau Salimonu, was, however unlucky as hewas killed while several others were injured.
OYO INSIGHT learnt that the unfortunate incident which occurred on Sunday morning around Omi Adio area of Ido local government.
About seven campaign vehicles belonging to Olowofela, a former council chairman and immediate commissioner for education in the state, were also damaged.
This newspaper learnt that the deceased has since been buried according to Islamic rites while the injured are receiving treatments at undisclosed hospitals in Ibadan.
Sources said the incident occurred shortly after Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Oloye Adebayo Adelabu left the rally in Omi Adio.
Confirming the incident, Olowofela’s media aide, Ayodele Idowu, alleged that the attack was carried out by the opposition parties’ members who are afraid of the soaring political profile and image of his boss.
According to him: “It is absurd that at this age and time some people will be engaging in such dastard act as a way of expressing their displeasure over somebody’s growth, obviously, Olowofela has surpassed them and they are afraid of being relegated”.
“We are not afraid of them, my principal is a law abiding and responsible citizen who believes in engaging in intellectual discussion rather than violent attack.”
Meanwhile, Olowofela has called for calm and urge the security operatives to investigate and put in measure to checkmate the activities of the unscrupulous elements and criminals who might want to hide under politics to shed blood.