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Oyo rerun polls characterised by shootings, ballot box snatching

By Ola Ajayi
The rerun elections into the House of Representatives and one vacant
seat in  Oyo State House of Assembly were marred by violence as thugs  unleashed terror on voters.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that some thugs invaded Ward 7 in the South West Local Government Area  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 on  perceived opponents of their sponsors in the LGA.

The elections were particularly violent in Gbagi, Ogunpa and  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 said  they disrupted activities.

It was gathered that the thugs who invaded the market, loaded in five buses and  20 motorcycles, stole ballot boxes.

At Akinyele, Oyo  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 governor’s spokesman, dismissed  the allegation  as something that has  become part of the AC  especially when they are losing an election.


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