The leadership of the All Progressives Congress in Osun State and the Peoples Democratic Party have traded accusation over violence that erupted in Ikire town where two lives had been reported lost and scores of others injured.

Many campaign vehicles belonging to the parties were also destroyed at different locations during the senatorial campaigns of the two parties on Tuesday.

Addressing newsmen in Osogbo on Wednesday, the APC West Senatorial candidate, Dr Amidu Tadese, indicted the candidate of the PDP, Dr Lere Oyewumi.

He said, “We started our campaign on Monday at Wasinmi in Ward 10, Irewole Local Government Area after which we moved to Ward 11 and later Ward 9. It was when we got to Ward 9 yesterday after our supporters had already assembled that the PDP thugs led by its senatorial candidate came to attack us.

“They were more than 30 in number they started hurling stones and bottles at us and later shooting from a filling station in Naira and Kobo area. The filling station is owned by Lere Oyewumi. They attacked our members and destroyed properties including our vehicles and commercial mini-buses and tricycles passing by at that material time.”

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But when contacted, Oyewumi denied the allegations, saying two PDP members were killed by APC supporters.

He said, “Blatant lie, the APC thugs attacked our members coming from our rally at the night.

They have killed two people now. The allegation is a mere fabrication. APC supporters attacked my team while returning from a campaign trip outside Ikire town.

“Two PDP members were shot dead at Ori Eeru Area, Ikire in the midnight of Tuesday while 5 others were seriously injured.

“They attacked our members and as of Wednesday morning, one of those attacked died in the hospital. I didn’t lead any thugs in search of Tadese, he is like a brother to me and election, for me, is not a do-or-die affair.”

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