The convoy of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been attacked by political thugs in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, leaving reportedly at least two people wounded.
Mr. Osinbajo was however unhurt.
The ruling All progressives Congress (APC) had alleged that the political thugs are sympathetic to the opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, but the Kwara State PDP quickly denied involvement of its members and supporters in the attack on the Vice-President on Thursday.
APC governorship candidate in the state Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq had condemned “the brazen attack on the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo by armed PDP thugs.”
Mr. Osinbajo was in Ilorin for the door-to-door campaign rally of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other activities of the party, when his convoy came under attack.
But Kwara PDP State Publicity Secretary, Mr Tunde Ashaolu, said in a statement that the incident was an intraparty affair involving members of the APC, arising from the endless crisis rocking the party.
He claimed that trouble started when Osinbajo got to Alanamu ward of Isale-Aluko, which is the base of two former governorship aspirants of the APC, Lukman Mustapha and Moshood Mustapha, who are locked in superiority war.
“It was also gathered that the money released to be shared among party supporters triggered the violence.
“Our party has no time for violence as we have been busy preparing for the presidential and national assembly elections coming up on Saturday as well as the governorship and State Assembly elections.
“Once again, we emphasise that the PDP has no hand in the fracas and we reject any attempt by the APC to link our party to the crisis. We advise them to resolve the lingering crisis in their party.
“We also urge security agencies to thoroughly investigate this matter and not to indiscriminately arrest innocent people who have no connection with this unfortunate incident,” Ashaolu said.