The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Okitipupa Local Government Area, Niyi Pirisola, was in the early hours of Friday assassinated by yet-to-be identified gunmen.
The former caretaker chairman of the council, was said to have been shot as he was arriving his Ilu Tuntun residence in Okitipupa from the church.
The gunmen left the scene immediately after the shooting, witnesses said.
They told journalists that the deceased was blocked by the assailants as he arrived home, before they shot him.
He was said to have passed away as efforts were being made to take him to a hospital.
The State Police Public Relations Officers, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident.
He described the shooting as an “ugly development” that would not be condoned in the state.
According to Mr. Joseph, the state police command was working to bring those behind the killing to book.
“The deceased was coming from the church and the assailants attacked him and killed him,” he said.
“We have commenced investigation on it and I am sure the killers will be brought to book.”
However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state expressed shock over the killing of the former council boss describing the death as “debasing.”
The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Banji Okunomo, called on the security agencies to investigate the killing and bring the perpetrators to book.
“While the PDP expresses shock at this inhuman act, we hereby call on all security agencies to bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to book,” Mr. Okunomo said.
“This is necessary because of the sensitivity of the times that we are in Ondo State, considering that the state is preparing for its governorship election come November 26, 2016.
“The PDP cautions against anything that could heat up the polity and impede the transition process that is being prepared for in our dear Sunshine State.
“Ondo State has been widely acclaimed as one of the most peaceful States in the country. We must not allow hoodlums to tamper with this track record or dent our image in any way.”