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Many injured as APC, ADP supporters clash in Ogbomoso

There was pandemonium, in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, on Tuesday, when supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Actions Democratic Party (ADP) clashed, leaving casualties on both sides.

The political clash happened around 6:00p.m at Okelerin area of Ogbomoso North Local Government Area of the state.

Although normalcy had since returned to the area after the intervention of the security personnel, but both parties accused each other of masterminding the crisis.

The ADP claims that the APC deliberately attacked its supporters because of the growing influence of the party in Ogbomoso and Oyo State, at large, while the APC said the ADP launched the attacks because the ADPcwas not comfortable with the soaring influence and popularity of their party too.

Chairman of APC in Ogbomoso North Local Government Area, Mr. Bukola Badmus, while narrating the incident to our reporter, said around 6:00p.m, “we held a rally in some areas in Ogbomoso and after the program ended some of our members  were attacked on their way home by some  ADP chieftains around Okelerin in Ogbomoso

“One of our members was attacked with machete by the ADP thugs and while others were trying to challenge them they launched proper attack and some people were injured too.

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“Already they are not comfortable with the way some of their former members moved into APC because most of where they considered as their stronghold have been captured by APC.

“So, they are not happy and they are trying to cause crisis and scare people away from participating during the election.

“We have reliably gathered that the ADP people are planning to launch serious attack on members of APC and PDP in Ogbomoso because they consider us as threat to the chances of their candidates.”

A chieftain of the ADP, Hon Bimbo Oladeji,  who is also a member of Oyo State House of Assembly, when contacted, said the APC launched an attack on some of ADP party chieftains and members at Okelerin area around 6:00pm

Oladeji who is re-contesting for the Assembly seat in Ogbomoso North Local Government Area said further that the attack was targeted at the person of Akala and his entourage.

According to her, the APC considered ADP a threat to their manipulation in Ogbomoso and Oyo State as a whole.

She disclosed further that Lati Kilani, a member ADP, sustained machete cut injury and he is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital, in Ogbomoso.