by Akinwale Aboluwade
There was pandemonium at the Peoples Democratic Party local government congress in Oyo State on Saturday as two unknown gunmen allegedly stormed the Salvation Army Primary School, Yemetu, venue of the congress in Ibadan North Local Government Area of the state and shot sporadically into the air to scare party members from the congress.
The hoodlums, who reportedly drove in an unmarked vehicle to the venue of the congress, were said to have driven off immediately after shooting indiscriminately.
However, the police said no life was lost.
The Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Police Command, Mrs. Olabisi Okuwobi, said, “Two men drove to the venue, shooting indiscriminately into the air ostensibly to scare people away from the congress. But, I can confirm to you that nobody died.”
She said party supporters reacted by throwing stones to repel the hoodlums from the congress venue.
When visited, a fleet of Operation Burst vehicles occupied by joint security operatives comprising soldiers and policemen was patrolling the area.
It was gathered that former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Hazeem Gbolarumi; and former Chairman, Ibadan North Local Government, Mr. Demola Omotoso, were earlier at the congress venue to show solidarity for their supporters.
In his reaction on the telephone, Gbolarumi said neither him nor anybody insisted that a particular candidate should emerge as the winner as alleged. He stressed that it would be out of place for anybody or group of persons to impose a particular candidate on the party members in the council.
Also, the congress in Ibadan South-West Local Government was inconclusive at the time of filing this report as the major stakeholders in the council disagreed on who should emerge as the council party chairman. They agreed to have a stakeholders’ meeting to address the situation.
The LGA primaries in the state had started peacefully in the early hours of the day with a large turnout of party members in the 33 local government council areas of the state.
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