By Adeboye Ado
The candidate for the Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Hon. Festus Akingbaso popularly known as “FessyWest”, has denied knowledge or his involvement in an alleged attack on the incumbent House Representatives Member, Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye, whose pseudonym is Small Alhaji.
Akingbaso who dispelled the rumour which he said was already making the round in some quarters, noted that the viral story was an attempt by the accusers to evade the scrutiny of the Police and DSS on the matter.
In a statement on Monday signed by his media team, the candidate urged the Police and other security agencies to launch a formal investigation into the matter.
The statement read, “It has come to the attention of the Candidate for Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Hon. Festus Akingbaso popularly known as “FessyWest”, of the allegations which links him to the attack on Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye.
“Our campaign drive is fully and totally built on credibility and good morals which we believe are the bane of any democratic institution, hence we frown at violence of all sort especially during this period when our democracy is at stake.
“Rumors linking our campaign team to the aforementioned incident is unfounded and based on misinformation and deceit.
“We categorically assert that we have no involvement in this incident and the mention of our campaign team in this unfortunate incident is nothing but a deliberate attempt to smear our good name in the mud, one which we shall continue to protect at all cost.
“This latest development is another obvious attempt by the accusers to evade the scrutiny of the police and DSS, who are currently investigating him and his team for violence which occured few days ago in which many members of the PDP were attacked and injured.
“We hereby urged the operatives of the Nigerian Police Force and other security agencies to launch a formal investigation into the matter and find out the perpetrators of this unfortunate incident.
Meanwhile, a close associate of the Lawmaker who preffered anonymity, said the assassination attempt was made on the life of Adefisoye in his home town, Idanre by some assailants loyal to a PDP candidate in the milieu.
He said, “some assailant hired by another another hoodlum squally joined in making attempt on the life of Adefisoye.
“The incident has, however been reported at Idanre police command while personal vehicles of Adefisoye riddled with bullets were also been brought to the police station.
“Meanwhile, Small Alhaji was lucky to have survived the attack unscathed. He has however appealed to his followers not to embark on any reprisal attack. He has however charged the security agencies to investigate the incident and make necessary prosecutions.