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Family of slain PDP leader seeks justice

Children and wives  of Pa Taiwo Ogundele, a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ile Ife, Osun State, who was killed on Wednesday  during the voter registration crisis, have called on the police to arrest and prosecute those responsible for the killing of the octogenarian.

The two children, Segun and Adeleke, with the widows of the late 80 year-old man, Jeminat and Esther, made the call when a governorship aspirant of the PDP, Senator Iyiola Omisore, paid the family a condolence visit in Ile Ife on Sunday.

One of the children of the slain octogenarian, Segun, who narrated  how his father was shot to death, claimed that those who killed his father were a council chairman, a top government official, a popular butcher and some alleged leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Other members of the family corroborated his claim amidst sobbing as the PDP aspirant and others consoled them.

Adeleke said that those who killed his father came in three   vehicles and went inside his residence, brought him out and shot him many times on his stomach and the groin region.

He said that his father was lured outside his house at around 10.30pm and his attackers dragged him to a grave and shot him there.

Adeleke said, “We rushed there on hearing the gunshot and the voice of my father screaming for help. We got there but there was no vehicle to take him to the hospital. He was shot in the stomach and his testes. He died before we could get to the hospital.”

The  family alleged that the leaders  of the ruling party in the area wanted to force everybody in Okiti  area to forcefully belong to the APC.

Omisore, also called on the police to prosecute those named in the killing, saying he would ensure that a legal action was instituted against the alleged killers.

The spokesman for the APC in the state, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said that the PDP thugs killed one of the members of their party and rushed to the press to blame the ruling party for the violence.

The party urged the police to investigate the case thoroughly, saying the opposition party was desperate to take over and would do everything no matter how criminal to win the forthcoming election.

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