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#OsunDecides2018: Violence Erupts In Re-run Polling Unit In Osogbo

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Violence In Osun State Over Re-run Election

The tension ahead of the re-run election slated for Thursday in state rose earlier today as heavy shootings took place between alleged political thugs and the Police at Alakewudo neighbourhood in Osogbo.

It was reported that some passers by specifically a 12 year old girl and two men sustained gunshot wounds as a result of the shootings. The girl was allegedly hit on the thigh by a stray police bullet while sitting outside her mother’s shop on Akinlade street. The wounded girl has however been discharged and requested to come for further treatments on Tuesday.

Residents of polling units where the re-run would take place have expressed grave concerns about the security of their lives and properties ahead of the election scheduled to hold on Thursday. This development might have further heightened their fears as the violence started as a result of some persons from the local government being mobilized for a political meeting.

The violence erupted at about 12:30 p.m. when suspected loyalists trailed a chieftain to the neighbourhood.

Fatai Diekola, a political operative of the PDP in Osogbo, was in Alekuwodo to mobilise party supporters to ’s house for a meeting.

Those selected for the trip were largely from Ward 5, Osogbo Local Government Area, in which Polling Unit 17 is domiciled.

Witnesses said Mr Diekola was trailed to the neighborhood and mobbed by suspected thugs as he was rallying PDP members to proceed on their journey to Ede.

The Polling Unit 17, located at  Adewale Street, off Akinlade Street in Alekuwodo, where the violence broke out has been predicted to be one which could determine the outcome of Thursday’s re-run election.

 

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Adelowo Adegboyega

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