From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
As the general elections draw closer, politicians have been advised not to see it as an avenue to start war.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency in Osun, Siji Olamiju gave this advice during a press briefing in Osogbo.
Olamiju, a pharmacist alleged that hoodlums suspected to be supporters of an opposition party’s candidate attacked him and his supporters during his campaign on Tuesday at Ase-ijesha in Obokun Local Government Area of the state.
He said: “Election is not war and we must not see it as that. Let’s take war out of these elections.
“Violence does not pay anyone. Let us allow free and fair elections,” Olamiju said.
While narrating his ordeal, he alleged that during the attack, two of his supporters were injured while his campaign vehicles were vandalised.
“ When we got to the scene, we realised that two of our members had been stabbed with bottles and seriously injured.
” We directed our members to report the case at the police station at Obokun.
“We were later called to be informed that instead of the DPO at the station to allow the victims to make entry, they were surprisingly locked up for no reason.
” We went back there and demanded for explanation, but the DPO declined answering us .
The candidate said “even after I contacted the Commissioner of Police and requested that the people should be released, the DPO flagrantly flouted the order.
“I want the police to look into this matter and get the suspects arrested for the sake of peace,” he said.
Reacting, the Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, Fimihan Adeoye, said investigations had begun on the matter.
Adeoye vowed that whoever was found culpable in the incident would be made to face the full wrath of the law without delay.