No fewer than two people died in a bloody clash between suspected political hoodlums at an All Progressives Congress campaign rally in Igboora area of Oyo State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident occurred immediately after the rally held at the old motor park in Igboora on Saturday evening.
NAN reports that the campaign train, led by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, had commenced with a road show from Lanlate through Igboora, Idere, Ayete, Tapa and Igangan before the rallies at Igboora, Eruwa and Omi-Adio.
It was a peaceful rally which saw the governor and the party’s governorship candidate, Adebayo Adelabu, acknowledging cheers from supporters who had thronged the streets to show solidarity for the party.
Trouble, however, started immediately after the rally in Igboora as suspected political hoodlums engaged in a bloody clash which left one dead.
NAN reports that another innocent resident, identified to be a younger brother to an APC leader in the community, was hit by a stray bullet that killed him.
While the APC accused opposition parties of being behind the mayhem, the Peoples Democratic Party asked APC to look inwards for the perpetrators.
“Guns were freely displayed by thugs alleged to have been arranged and sponsored by the PDP and some other parties to carry out the dastardly act.
“The mayhem eventually cost two lives. One of which is a younger brother to the leader of our party, Olayide Abas.
“We hereby charge security agencies to investigate and unravel the killers of the deceased.
“It is important to note that the PDP has continually incited the people to cause trouble, having realised that the game is over.
“The PDP is among the parties that masterminded the mayhem,” APC communication team alleged in a statement.