The Osun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concern over the impending arrest of some of its prominent leaders, the overcrowding of Osun with thugs, and the denial of permission for the party’s mega rally. They have accused the Oyetola government of being devilishly desperate in the face of impending defeat.
On Plans to Arrest PDP Leaders on Trumped up Charges
According to a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday by the chairman of the Osun PDP Caretaker Committee, Dr. Akindele Adekunle, the ruling party’s scheme was allegedly concocted to give the Apc an unfair edge in the Saturday governorship election. Notable leaders of the PDP were already penciled down for arrest by security operatives with many others also tabled for wanton kidnap by political thugs purposely imported into Osun by the jittery APC.
In particular, the following well-known Osun PDP leaders have been marked by the Apc and their identities have already been sent to security agencies in preparation for their arrest or outright kidnapping by political thugs with the assistance of security personnel: Hon. Sunday Bisi, Akogun Lere Oyewumi, Hon. Clement Akanni, Hon. Sanya Omirin, Barrister Kolapo Alimi, Alhaji Kazeem Akinleye, and Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyu Ayobami Olaoluwa among others.
The statement further read; “Osun PDP wishes to advise the Nigerian Police and other security agencies in the state to resist the evil offer from the APC no matter how enticing. This advice became imperative as many of the names submitted to them for harassment are respected community leaders, who are historical leaders and are emotionally attached to their various communities.
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Arresting these noble men at gunpoint for political conveniences of the APC is tantamount to stepping on the tail of a vigilant cobra who is encircled by it’s grown siblings. The State may not have good stories to tell afterwards but we believe the police have a choice to avoid the professional pitfall.
Without doubt therefore, it will be a careless negligence of history and professional failure on the part of the police who are expected to take adequate profiling of the state and its constituents, before embarking on such suicidal mission.
The Police will do well to dust their intelligence archives before firing a single shot of arrest at any PDP leader in Osun State. These are leaders with no dual face and who have no other place to call their home other than Osun after contributing so much to the development of the State. They are synonymous to their traditional communities. Harassing them is therefore an invitation to avoidable turmoil capable of spiralling out of hand, beyond the shores of Osun State”
It must be stated that our party is not responsible for the overwhelming rejection of Mr Gboyega Oyetola and intimidating acceptance of our Candidate, Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke by the good people of Osun State in the coming election. We expect the Apc to take a consciencious stock of their performance in the past twelve years and apologize for their willful failure in the past twelves years, instead of using security agencies to harass innocent leaders of men, whose right of choice as members of PDP is established by laws of the land.
APC Floods Osun With Fake Police
Information reaching our party also suggest that the rulling All Progressives Congress, APC have stationed hundreds of fake policemen in hotels located at strategic communities in the state.
Prior to this point, our party has been inundated with information on how a section of Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s Iragbiji home was being used to take measurements of some strange individuals with a ploy to sewing perfect match of police uniforms for them.
We are however convinced that such security heresy would not be possible without illicit involvement of formal security outfits like the police. In other to avoid security mixups therefore, it is pertinent that the Nigerian Police and the Department Of State Service, DSS, conduct thorough and proactive steps on this potential breach of the peace before it assumes a dimension the police may not be able to curtail.
We wish to assure members and supporters of Osun PDP of our party’s capacity and readiness to protect their right as law abiding citizens. Part of such efforts was the declaration of the federal high court, Osogbo on Wednesday, restraining the police or anyone from arresting or harassing one of our members in Osogbo, Ajagungbade Emir, who was declared wanted by the police for no just cause.
We will continue to toe the part of honor and the law to protect our members against the jungle posture of the drowning Apc.
Illegal Denial of Permit for Usage of Campaign Venue
Last of the many undemocratic conduct of the State Government is the deliberate and illegal refusal to allow the PDP to use two public infrastructure for its mega rally slated for tommorow.
Our party had duly applied in compliance with regulations bit we were shocked that the rejected our applications for both the Freedom Square and the Osogbo stadium.
The action of the state government is a breach of the fundamental right of PPD members as bona fide residents of Osun state who have inalienable rights to enjoy usage of public facilities as citizens of the state.
While we note the fear of defeat now gripping the APC, we caution that the state government is setting dangerous precedent by its refusal of permit without any justifiable reasons.
Our rally will hold at Osogbo tommorow and the mass attendance that is scaring the APC will still be shown to the whole world. We appeal to our people to remain vigilant and bold to vote and protect their votes on Saturday.