By Ola Ajayi
The rerun elections into the House of Representatives and one vacant
seat inÂ Oyo State House of Assembly were marred by violence as thugsÂ unleashed terror on voters.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that some thugs invaded Ward 7 in the South West Local Government AreaÂ where there were reported gun shots to scare voters away.
Some thugs were seen loaded in two buses and other two cars and started unleashing violence onÂ perceived opponents of their sponsors in the LGA.
The elections were particularly violent in Gbagi, Ogunpa andÂ Agbokojo areas of Ibadan. The thugs openly smoked Indian hemp and carried dangerous weapons.
Their presence caused a stir at the popular Agbeni market where some people saidÂ they disrupted activities.
It was gathered that the thugs who invaded the market, loaded in five buses andÂ 20 motorcycles, stole ballot boxes.
At Akinyele, OyoÂ State secretary of the Action Congress, AC, Mr Dele Akinleye, said he was almost abducted after being beaten by the thugs allegedly working for the rival Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The AC candidate in the House of Representatives election, Dr. Idayat Adebusuyi, lamented that the election was characterised by violence, shootings, intimidation and outright stealing of ballot boxes.
But Prince Dotun Oyelade, the state governorâ€™s spokesman, dismissedÂ the allegationÂ as something that hasÂ become part of the ACÂ especially when they are losing an election.