Tajudeen Adefisoye, house of representatives candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for Ifedore/Idanre in Ondo state, escaped death on Friday as suspected political thugs attacked his convoy.
The hoodlums numbering about six were said to have ambushed the campaign vehicles in the convoy team of Adefisoye at Ipogun in Ifedore local government area of the state.
It was gathered that at least three persons were shot while others sustained different degrees of injuries as a result of the attack by the armed thugs.
One of the supporters in the convoy identified as Kayode Falusi was said to have died from gunshot injuries, while two campaign vehicles were damaged and burnt by the hoodlums.
Oluyemi Fasipe, spokesman of Adefisoye’s campaign organisation, confirmed the attack to TheCable in a telephone interview.
Fasipe said the SDP candidate escaped unhurt and that the issue has been reported to the police.
“Yes, it is true. We were attacked by the thugs who suddenly ambushed us after the campaign trains had already visited seven communities of the area,” Fasipe said.
“We were making our way to Ipogun in the Idanre/Ifedore area when the thugs attack our convoy which was led by the director-general of the campaign organisation.
“The thugs attacked our people and shot at them indiscriminately; three persons were shot and one of them is dead already.
“The incident is highly unfortunate but we are calling for investigations into the case and let the culprits be brought to book by the police. Luckily, Tajudeen Adefisoye was unhurt and had to rush to the nearest police station at Ilara Mokin to report the incident.”
Femi Joseph, spokesman of the state police command, also confirmed the attack, saying that the police had commenced investigations into the matter.