House of Reps aspirant raises alarm over threat to life

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Ayorinde Oluokun

An aspirant seeking to represent Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency of Oyo State in the Green Chamber of the National Assembly, Hon. Oladimeji Olayinka Segelu has accused one of his co-contestants of threatening his life as the February 2015 elections draw near.

Segelu who made the allegation in a press statement issued in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, called on security agencies to beef up security to ensure safety of politicians, voters and the general public before, during and after the 2015 polls.

The PDP stalwart said some of his supporters had gone on sensitisation drive to mobilize the people of the constituency to get registered before the exercise ends, only to be attacked by hoodlums, armed with dangerous weapons close to Ogunsowo village, near Oyedeji in Igbo Elerin area of Lagelu Local Government.

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The statement further said his supporters were surprised when their attackers started harassing them and shouting, “Where is Yinka? Where is Yinka?”, raising strong suspicion Hon. Olayinka Segelu was the main target of the attack but was fortunate not to be in the convoy of vehicles in which his supporters travelled in.

The Personal Assistant (PA) to Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman who resigned his appointment recently, however, said no amount of threat, harassment and intimidation could stop him from working hard to fulfill his lofty dream of representing the people of the constituency, noting that “the coming election and subsequent ones will be a matter of choice between merit coupled with credibility and mediocrity coupled with notoriety which are the alternatives open to the people of Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency in 2015. I am confident that the people will go for the most credible candidate.”

Segelu’s father was assassinated in 2007, three months after being sworn-in as an elected member of the House of Representatives while on a thank you visit to Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency to thank the people for voting for him overwhelmingly in the April 2007 elections.

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