The Oyo State governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Engr. Oyedele Hakeem
Though the purpose of the attempted attack remained unknown, the Director-General of his campaign team, Mr. Ademola Adeniji, told journalists that the incident happened early morning on Friday shortly after the gubernatorial candidate arrived at the premises of his office to attend series of meetings lined up for the day.
Engr. Alao, according to him, would have been utterly wounded if he had sat directly behind the driver’s seat where the assailant targeted, adding that the sudden bang on the tainted glass led to his hurried exit from the vehicle.
Adeniji further explained that before his principal could recover from the shock and make any move to arrest the assailant, he quickly fled the scene and went away with the food flask he could lay his hands on.
When asked if there was any suspicion or whether there had been anything of such in the past, Adeniji disclosed that there had not been anything of such before the Friday incident and that his organization did not suspect anybody.
He however added a caveat that, “we are in a political era and politics cannot be ruled out of the incident. Our candidate is an easy-going person without any form of trace to violence, he is new in politics and not interested in political thuggery, gangsterism or hooliganism. We will not because of the ugly incident depart or deviate from our path of peace”.
The DG, who called on security agencies to rise to their first responsibility of protection of lives and property of the citizens lamented that the incident was an indication that there are still some people playing politics of underdevelopment, retrogression and bitterness, describing it as unfortunate. “As stated earlier, we are not cut out for any form of brigandage and we will not descend to their level of bestiality, rather, we will continue to go about our campaign of redemption for the people of the state in our peaceful manner and put our safety in the hands of the Almighty God in whom is our refuge”, Adeniji added.