By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
A House of Representatives candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Obokun/Oriade Federal constituency of Osun State, Pharmacist Siji Olamiju, has accused the opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of attacking his campaign team on Tuesday.
Specifically, Olamiju pointed accusing finger on his co-contestant, Hon. Oluwole Oke, who is currently representing the federal constituency at the House of Representatives, of being the brain behind the attack.
Briefing newsmen in Osogbo on Wednesday, Olamiju also accused the police particularly, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Ibokun, who was simply identified as Mr. Taofeek of complicity in the war against him and members of his party.
He explained that his members and campaign vehicles were attacked at Ase-Ijesa in which two persons were seriously injured by dangerous cultists allegedly recruited by Oke.
According to him, ” We are about to approach the palace of the Alase of Ase-Ijesha when we got the news that some of our members were under attack, we quickly went back to ascertain the degree of injury and attend to the victims.
“When we got to the scene, we realised that two of our members had been stabbed by broken bottles and seriously injured, and because we are law abiding people, we directed the victims to go and make formal complain at a police station located in Ibokun.
“We were later called to be informed that instead of the DPO to allow those victims to make entry, they were surprisingly locked up for no reason.
“We went back there, we met police shooting and our campaign bus has been vandalised, having been riddled with bullet. and we demanded for explanation which he declined, even after I contacted the Commissioner of Police and he gave directive for the people to be released, the DPO flagrantly flouted the order”, Olamiju said.
He said the police also attempted to kill the Chairman of Oriade Local Government, Hon. Obeisun, when he shot at him.
He said it is not safe to conduct election in Obokun/Oriade, stating that the police have already compromised.
He further alleged that Oke, alongside his cohorts publicly celebrated delivery of ammunition for the purpose of election eleven days ago at Esa-Oke, his home town.
Olamiju therefore called for high powered police investigative team to unravel the connivance between the police and a member of the lower chamber to ascertain the level of complicity and avert further break down of law and order.
When the police was contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, said investigation has commenced on the matter.
He vowed that whoever is found culpable will face the wrath of law, saying that police will not delay taking them to court.
All efforts to get reaction of Hon Wole Oke proved futile as he did not answer calls nor reply text messages sent to his mobile phone at the time of filing this report.