Taiwo Fatiregun, former Chairman of the Oriade Local Government Area of Osun State, and four others, were reportedly attacked by some thugs in Osun state.
PUNCH reports that the four attacked persons and the former chairman, were said to had defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the Action Democratic Party last week.
Fatiregun told newsmen in Osogbo on Sunday that the hoodlums numbering about 30 invaded the venue where members of the ADP were holding a political meeting in Ijebu Jesa on Saturday and unleashed terror on them.
The former LG boss, who said one of the hoodlums inflicted a cut on his head with a rod, stated that he lost consciousness and was rushed to a hospital where he was resuscitated and stabilised.
The police in the state was unable to confirm the incident.
Meanwhile, the ADP in Osun State has condemned the attack on its members, saying the barbaric attack ought to have become an outdated strategy in the state.
The Publicity Secretary of the ADP in the state, Ayo Fakeye, said, “The era of imposition and attack on the members of the opposition political parties ought to belong to the relics of our nation’s political history.
“But a situation where members of our party were attacked during a meeting in Ijebu-Jesa was unjustifiable.
“I want to use this opportunity to task the various officers and men of the security agencies in the state to investigate the unwarranted attack on our party members and bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.”
But the APC in the state said the party was not responsible for the attack on the ADP members, saying the man accused of being the brains behind the terror was a gentleman, who had never been involved in any act of violence.
The Director of Publicity and Strategy of the APC in Osun State, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, said the ADP should not blame the ruling party for their alleged internal crisis.
Oyatomi said, “I know the gentleman they are accusing very well and he has never been seen to be violent. People should not begin to accuse the APC when they disagreed among themselves and injured themselves.”