A group of hoodlums has allegedly launched an attack on the crowd of supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State during a campaign rally by the party on Tuesday.
According to reports, the supporters of the opposition party in the state staged a rally to drum their support for the presidential candidate of the party, Bola Tinubu; the Oyo State governorship candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin and other candidates when the hoodlums attacked.
Supporters of the APC fingered the involvement of the Chairman, Park Management System, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi, aka Auxiliary, and his boys.
Speaking on the incident, Folarin, in a statement after the incident, alleged that Governor Seyi Makinde and Auxiliary were behind the attack.
He said Auxiliary attacked the procession from behind when he was aware that the candidates of the party who were also among the crowd were at the front.
The statement read in part, “I’ve just been informed that Makinde’s thugs led by notorious Lamidi Auxiliary have launched coordinated attacks on our members and support groups.
“Auxiliary personally led the attacks at Iyana Labiran enroute Oje in Ibadan. As peace loving and law-abiding citizens, we won’t take the law into our own hands.
“Not minding the deadly attacks on our members by Makinde’s agents of darkness, we’re continuing our walk for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu/Kashim Shettima. The injured members are receiving treatments at an undisclosed hospital.”
Reacting to the allegation, Auxiliary, through the Public Relations Officer of the Park Management System (PMS), Emiola Jelili, debunked the allegation.
The PMS said its members had no reason to interfere with the members of the opposition party, because they were exercising their constitutional right to organise rally across the town.
He maintained that the APC who were in the habit of mentioning the chairman’s name at every crisis should desist from such, adding that the allegation was aimed at tarnishing the image of their chairman.