An All Progressives Congress (APC) Oyo Assembly candidate, Adekunle Yakub Adeyemi, has reportedly escaped an assassination attempt by men of Governor Seyi Makinde’s ally, Mukaila Lamidi popularly called Mukaila Auxiliary.
According to reports, Adeyemi who is seeking to represent Ibadan North East constituency 2, in the coming elections was on Thursday evening, September 8, 2022 attack by the assailants while returning from a consultative tour.
It was gathered that the attackers also rained bullets on his campaign office around NTA junction, Agodi Gate, Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, after which they vandalized billboards and posters.
This is coming barely a month after Mukaila Auxiliary had threatened to murder the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Teslim Folarin in Oyo state.
Recall, Auxiliary in 2020, was made Chairman, Park Management System (PMS) in the state. The position was said to have been given to him by Governor Seyi Makinde as compensation for his support during the 2019 guber election.
This came just a year after return from six years jail term for his alleged role in the bloody clash between members of their factions which claimed dozens of innocent lives, along with the wanton destruction of property.
In a video shared on social media, a visibly shaken Adeyemi said; “this would be the second time I would be attacked. Mukaila Lamidi once met me here and warned me sternly about my APC membership. Then, I petitioned the CP, Area Commander and the DSS.
“We had thought the petition would stop Auxiliary and his men, but that of yesterday was shocking. We had barely arrived when we first heard the sounds of machetes and other dangerous objects. And as we were trying to check what was happening, we heard gunshots. So we ran for cover.
We just thank God we were not killed. Elections should not be about blood. They are the ones in power. They shouldn’t be the one attacking opposition members since they are sure of victory at the poll.
“I have decided to tell the press to know who to take responsible if anything happens to me or any of our persons. The attack was shocking and uncalled for. We have been going on with our activities without violence,” he said.
Only last Saturday, while returning from a public function in Ife, two-term house of representative member, Akeem Adeyemi and his team were attacked by suspected men of the transport union leader around Alakia area of Ibadan.
Unknown to Oyo APC, its petition through its secretary, Tajudeen Olanite, to the IG, with copies made available to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (Zone 11, Osogbo), Oyo State Commissioner of Police (Eleyele, Ibadan) and the Area Commander (Iwo Road, Ibadan) respectively, wouldn’t stop Auxiliary’s attack on its members.
In the petition, Oyo State APC hinted that its members and properties have become subjects of repeated attacks and destruction by Auxiliary and his members of PMS.