A serving lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Temitope Olatoye (a.k.a. Sugar) died on Saturday evening at the Intensive Care Unit of the University College Hospital, following bullet wounds he suffered in the head by suspected political thugs in Lalupon area, in Ibadan less city, Oyo State.
The news of his attack spread within minutes, with some insinuating that he was dead immediately, because of the magnitude of the gunshot wounds.
He was hurriedly wrapped from the attack spot by supporters and taken to the Accident and Emergency ward of the University College Hospital. The doctors on duty moments after moved him to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
The UCH public relations officer, Mr. Toye Akinrinlola told The Punch that the lawmaker was moved to the intensive care, where doctors were battling to save his life.
He eventually gave up the ghost around 7:45pm.
A close aide of the lawmaker (names withheld) had told one of our correspondents that some suspected political thugs of a rival politician in the constituency carried out the attack.
Olatoye, who won the 2015 election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, lost reelection two weeks ago under the platform of the Action Democratic Party and vowed never to return to the APC, notwithstanding the overtures reportedly made to him by a former Governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, to join him in aligning with the APC candidate, Adebayo Adelabu.
Before his death, he was representing Lagelu/Akinyele federal constituency. Olatoye had in 2011 won an election into the state House of Assembly under the platform of the Accord before he later defected to the then Action Congress of Nigeria.
He was said to be coming from his village where he had gone to exercise his franchise, when the assailant ambushed him.
Two hours earlier, a supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party, simply identified as Mudasiru was shot dead by a police officer in Ile Titun area of Ibadan South-East local government.
Mudasiru, in his late 20s, was said to be jubilating over the victory of his party, when a trigger-happy officer fired at him.