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Fear has griped some members of the opposition party in ondo state, following the assassination of the Chairman, Caretaker
Management Committee of Okitipupa Local Government area of the state, Mr Niyi
Pirisola barely 24 hours to the governorship primary of the All Progressives
Congress (APC).

Pirisola who was also the chairman
of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the local government was reportedly
killed in his house in Ilutitun, Okitipupa in the early hours of yesterday by
gunmen.

The deceased was said to have been
murdered by his assailants while returning from a church programme at about 3
am on Friday.

A relation of the deceased
politician explained that Pirisola was killed at the gate into his house by
suspected assasins.

He said “the deceased went to church
for vigil on Thursday evening and returned in the wee hours of the day. He was
shot at his gate when he was about to enter his compound.”

According to him, “the late
Pirisola was murdered by gunmen who followed him from the church to his house
in Ilutitun”

He said that the deceased had no
premonition of his death, as he had issue with nobody before his untimely
death.

The family source said that the
matter had been reported to the Police for proper investigation even as the
family meets on his funeral arrangements.

Reacting, the Police Public
Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state, Mr Femi Joseph confirmed the incident,
saying that the Police have commenced investigation into the matter.

He said no suspect has been
arrested in connection with the death of Pirisola, adding that efforts are on
top gear to bring the perpetrators of the devilish act to book.

The PPRO urged admirers of the late
politician to remain calm until the Police conclude their investigations.

He urged members of the public with
useful information on the killing to inform the Police.

Meanwhile, the state chapter of the
PDP has called on the Police and other security agencies in the state to
investigate the killing of Pirisola. The party in a statement by its Publicity
Secretary, Mr Banji Okunomo said the death of the PDP leader called for serious
investigation as the state approaches an electioneering period.

Okunomo, who ex- pressed shock at
the inhu- man act, also called on all security agencies to bring the
perpetrators of the dastardly act to book. According to him, “this is necessary
because of the sensitivity of the times that we are in in Ondo State
considering that the state is preparing for its governorship election, which
holds on November 26, 2016.

“The PDP cautions against anything
that could heat up the polity and impede the transition process that is being
prepared for in our dear Sunshine State. We must not allow hoodlums to tamper
with this track record or dent our image in any way.”

The APC election, which had been
shifted twice, had in the past two weeks, generated serious heat in the state.
It will now hold at the International Events Centre, Alagbaka, Akure with the
Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar serving as the Chief Returning
Officer.

Though the 24 governor- ship
aspirants of the party who had gone through various stages of screening said
they are set for the election, the dust and bad blood generated by an alleged
bid by a national leader of the party to impose his candidate on the party is
yet to fully settle.

Already, the governorship primary
election screening committee from the party’s headquarters in Abuja arrived the
state yesterday and met with the leadership of the party in the state.

There are speculations that the
election may be marred by violence considering the leadership crisis rocking
the party, with two factions laying claim to the leadership of the party in the
state.

Also, security agencies, especially
the Police are prepared for the election, as police officers are strategically
located in various parts of the state, apparently to prevent breakdown of law
and order.

The Police Public Relations Officer
(PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph expressed the readiness of the Police for the election.

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