The Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, has written to the Inspector General of Police IGP, Usman Baba, and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi, over purported assassination attempt on his life by political thugs.
The 18-paragraph letter dated April 7, 2022, titled ‘Re: Attempted Assassination of Engr. (Chief) Olusegun Oni, former Governor of Ekiti State and Gubernatorial Candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ekiti State in the forthcoming Governorship Election in the state’, was approved by Mr. Owoseni Ajayi, the principal partner of Owoseni Ajayi and Associates of Equity Chambers.
In the letter, which was made available to newsmen by the Media Director of his Campaign, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, Oni implored the heads of the security agencies to intensify his personal security in view of the attack, which he portrayed as politically motivated.
He implored the police to probe the remote and immediate causes of the mayhem that happened on Wednesday April 6, 2022 at Efon Alaaye, which was reportedly led by the All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader in the local council.
According to him, the attack was meant to kill him because of his growing popularity. He implored the security agencies to quickly bring the culprits to book to serve as a lesson to others who may want to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
The letter read in part: “We are counsel to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ekiti State whose gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election is the former governor of Ekiti State, Engr. (Chief) Olusegun Oni. On their behalf and instruction, we write this letter as follows:
“That since the campaign had been declared open for the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State by the INEC, the SDP led by its flag bearer, Oni, had commenced its campaign starting with Town Hall meetings at the headquarters of the respective local governments in the state.
“That the campaign itineraries are with the full observance of due process, which include: (i) Written information to the police including its Divisional Police Headquarters for security cover. (ii) Written security cover information to the INEC. (iii) Peaceful conduct of its members.
“So far, the campaign had visited seven local government headquarters to hold the Town Hall meetings with its members with the massive turnout but without any hitch.
“That on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, it was the turn of Efon Alaaye Local Government, Efon.
“That at about 3pm, the venue for the reception of Engr. Segun Oni and his entourage was set for their arrival.
“That at about 3.30pm, the gubernatorial campaign team led by its candidate arrived at the venue.
“That as the team was about embarking from their various vehicles, the APC hoodlums led by its Youth Leader in the local government, Mr. Oluwafemi Gbenga, a.k.a Owolesu attacked the ground venue with dangerous weapons like gun, machetes, charms.
“That in the process of the attack, several people were wounded and vehicles vandalized.
“That it took a later intervention of a detachment of police men from the Division Station at Efon before the hoodlums were overpowered because they initially overwhelmed the policemen stationed at the venue.
“That the gubernatorial candidate, Engr. Segun Oni escaped death by whisker as his vehicle was attacked.”