Oyewale Oyelola, Ilorin
The Kwara state governor, Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmed has condemned the violence that erupted on Sunday in Ilorin during a political campaign.
The governor in a message shared on his Facebook page said campaigns should be about ideas, not violence.
”I am disturbed by news of recent political violence in Ilorin. Campaigns should be about ideas, not violence. All concerned must avoid actions that can rupture peace of our state and threaten its security. Security agents are to secure lives and property and prosecute offenders.” He stated.
Meanwhile, the two major political parties in the state has being trading blame over the violence.
The Kwara PDP accused APC supporters of attacking their members in Agbaji area, Ilorin while Kwara APC alleges the ruling party in the state terrorizing the people with thugs.
An eyewitness told FactualTimes correspondent that fully armed thugs stormed Ode Alfa Nda venue of APC rally and fired gun shots to displace people.
Independent investigations by this medium revealed that provocative chants against a particular individual in the state led to the violence.
As at the time of filing this report, the police is yet to issue statement confirming the incident.
Our correspondent reports that no life was lost in the incident as against information from one of the political parties.
Similarly, the Kwara APC has alleged that some thugs loyal to PDP are wearing their vests to attack innocent citizens.
The party in a statement issued by Rafiu Ajakaye, spokesman of Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq Campaign Organisation said PDP is planning to deploy the same tactics they used ahead of 2003 polls in the state.
The statement read:
”We have information that PDP thugs, true to our predictions since December 2018, have now mass-produced vests and other APC logos with which they are going around Kwara State to destroy things and attack innocent citizens. This is an old tactic for which the PDP and its patrons are known.
”We recently alerted the people of Kwara to this evil tactic of the PDP. Armed with guns and other deadly weapons, they are wearing the same APC vests and filming themselves as they carried out this act of violence against Kwarans. An example was what they did today (Sunday 13 January) in Surulere area of Ilorin in the state capital. This was the same tactic they deployed in 2003 and other election periods. These are panicky measures adopted by the drowning dynasty which has lost the battle of ideas.
”We understand that the Senate president went to some hospitals in Surulere to visit victims of the attacks. We recommend that Nollywood should consider giving some politicians a role in their upcoming movies, especially that people will soon vote them out of public office. We dare say that the visit of the Senate president was meant to cover up the evils of his men.
”We remain committed to running a peaceful, issues-based and decent campaign. Again, we call on the security agencies to arrest this ugly trend. These thugs should be arrested and questioned to reveal their true identities. We reiterate our position that politicians must seek people’s votes through superior arguments and campaign pledges, not through violence and propaganda for which the PDP is now known all over Nigeria. The drowning dynasty must run its campaign on its records in office, not through violence and intimidation. Enough is enough. O To Ge”