APC made this disclosure via a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Dr. Abdulazeez Olatunde.
Olatunde in the statement, made available to DAILY POST said that the warning became necessary in view of the intelligence report at the party’s disposal that the opposition parties have concluded plans to unleash mayhem on the APC from Monday (today).
He also warned against further unprovoked attacks and wanton destruction of their campaign materials by suspected political thugs armed by the opposition parties.
At the last count, he said that members of the opposition had attacked the convoy of the APC governorship candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu; State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke; candidate for Ido/Ibarapa East Federal Constituency, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela and candidate for Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/ Iwajowa Federal Constituency, Mr Shina Peller.
Olatunde said, “We are using this opportunity to raise the alarm over planned attack on our leaders in the next few days. Intelligence report at our disposal suggests that these desperate opposition parties plan to attack our campaign rallies to carry out this clandestine plan. The government of APC had since 2011 brought back the peace and security that had eluded the state for several years. We will, therefore, not sit back and allow overzealous opposition party members to take us back to those inglorious days.
“Violence is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Now is the time for them to stop these mindless attacks. We have been restraining our members from reprisal attacks and such gesture should not be misconstrued for cowardice. Politics should not be reduced a do-or-die affair. If you are sure that your party and your candidate have what it takes to win elections you will not resort to this barbaric idea of maiming and killing opposition figures.”
But, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, Director of Public Communications and New Media of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), gubernatorial candidate, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, while reacting, said that it was surprising that the APC is the one “shedding crocodile tears”.
Olatunji while speaking with DAILY POST in a telephone conversation also alleged that it was the APC that planned to arrest ADC members.
He said, “It is very disheartening and saddened ones mind that APC which is allegedly behind attack on opposition figures in the state particularly Senator Olufemi Lanlehin and ADC supporters, is the one shedding crocodile tears.
“A case in point is the destruction of ADC billboards across the state for instance the billboard at Methodist roundabout along Lagos/Ibadan Express way. “The Handshake Campaign Organization of Sen Olufemi Lanlehin is also aware of attempt by the ruling APC to arrest ADC supporters ahead of Saturday election based on trump up charges.
“The Handshake Campaign Organization is therefore calling on the Inspector General of Police and Director of DSS to ensure neutrality before and during the election and also call APC leadership to order”.
Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olajide Olanipekun in his reaction described the APC allegation as “laughable”.
Olanipekun in a statement made available to DAILY POST Sunday evening said, “The statement credited to the APC raising alarm over alleged attack by opposition is not only laughable but a face saving tactics by the ruling APC to cover up the imminent defeat in the coming elections.
“It will be noted that the Campaign train of the APC has been violent prone with many casualties which had made the dwindling popularity of the party to nose dive in the wake of the coming elections. The ruling APC is just exposing her plans for the opposition as they are the one with governmental machineries which they have been using to harass the opposition. Hence it is a grand mischief for the ruling party to be accusing the opposition of what they are doing just to safe face as the Zenith Labour Party candidates will defeat APC in the coming elections of 16/2/2019 and that of 2/3/2019.
“We of the Zenith Labour Party hereby urge the electorates of Oyo state not to fall for the face saving tricks of the APC as the Party is the one attacking opposition. We also warn that nothing should happen to all candidates and leaders of ZLP before, during and after the coming elections. And if anything happens to ZLP candidates and leaders, the ruling APC should be held responsible”.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while commenting, however, declared that the statement has shown that the ruling APC is panic.
Prince Dotun Oyelade, Media Aide to the PDP gubernatorial candidate in the state, Engineer Seyi Makinde said in a statement made available to DAILY POST that, “You can see all the signs of panic in their unprovoked blackmail.
“At this point, 7 days to the Presidential polls, it’s no surprise that APC will grab any shrub just to remain afloat of a sinking canoe”.
Ondo Communal Clash: Death Toll Rises To Four
Gbenga Akinpelumi, one of the locals that were attacked during a communal clash in Araromi Obu in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State is dead, SaharaReporters can confirm.
A relative of Akinpelumi, who does not want his name published, disclosed the sad news to SaharaReporters on Friday.
He said Akinpelumi sustained injuries from the gunshots which penetrated his abdomen.
“Akinpelumi could not survive the surgeries carried out on him by the doctors. Sadly, we lost him at exactly 12: 48 midnight on Thursday,” the relative said on the phone.
Akinpelumi, a farmer, was among those injured and rushed to the Trauma and Surgical Centre, Ondo shortly after the clash between the locals.
The clash occurred between the people of Araromi Obu living in Ago Alaye town and the Ikale community in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the State.
Both southern communities in Ondo State were fighting over a “land” as no fewer than eight persons were injured while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed during the attacks.
With the sad development, the death toll in the community has risen to four while the remaining injured are still receiving various treatments in the hospital.
Meanwhile, it was gathered on Friday that the residents of Ago Alaye town in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state have now deserted the community over the fear of another attack.
This development led to the declaration of a 24-hour curfew on the town by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu with a charge on security agencies to beef up security in the nook and cranny of the community.
The governor has also embarked on an on-the-spot assessment of the communities with a warning that any person found culpable in the violence would be made to face the wrath of the law.
He said, “Our administration will not condone any form of criminalities in the state.”
The governor was accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, the Brigade Commander of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Brig. Gen. Zakari Abubakar, and other security chiefs.
When he visited the palace of the Ajobu of Araromi Obu, Oba Aderemi Adelola, the governor assured him of maximum security of lives and property of the people of the town.
He said, “Our government is ready to take action on Ago Alaye community if the violence persists.”
Akeredolu, who said security forces were on the ground to maintain peace and order, commended the monarch for maintaining peace in the community by appealing to the people against a reprisal.
“I have heard that you called your subjects that there should not be any reprisal. You have maintained peace within Araromi community. We thank you for that. We will not allow miscreant to disturb the peace in this community.”
At the palace of Abodi of Ikaleland, Oba George Faduyile, the governor pleaded with the traditional rulers in Ikaleland to caution their subjects.
Akeredolu added that the state government would set up a committee to look into the cause of conflict.
Transfer: Guardiola reveals player he would love to sign for Man City
The Premier League champions have failed to replace Vincent Kompany, after the Belgian decided to quit the Etihad after 10 years, to become player-manager at Anderlecht.
City are refusing to meet Leicester’s £90million valuation of Harry Maguire, while reports of a possible move for Benfica’s Ruben Dias has been dismissed by club officials.
That means City could go into the new season with John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi and youngsters Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood Bellis.
“We are so happy with the squad we have.
“I don’t know if the players here will stay or new players will come, but since I came here I have been delighted with the players we have.
“Maybe we (will replace Kompany), but we have three incredible central defenders.
“And Fernandinho can play in that position, also. We will see,” Guardiola told reporters on their pre-season tour.
City have so far spent a club-record £63million on Spanish midfielder Rodri and £6million to bring back full-back Angelino from PSV Eindhoven.
United States Of Biafra: Asari Dokubo Urges Niger Deltans To Join South-east, Slams Northerners
Asari Dokubo, founder of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force has declared his support for the actualization of Biafra while calling on Niger Delta people to return home following threats from Arewa youths.
His declaration came on the heels of northerners asking herdsmen to leave the South and the suspended implementation of Ruga settlements in parts of Nigeria.
Dokubo made his position known in a meeting with leaders of Niger Delta states.
He said: “We, the people of the Niger Delta today, resolved to be part and parcel of the actualization the United States of Biafra.
“What has brought us here today is the dark cloud that is gathering. In 1967, we did not ask for war, war was imposed on us and millions of our people were killed. Our properties were destroyed and so many people until today are carrying the scars of that imposed war.
“Our people have not gone to Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Borno to ask that land be forcefully given to us or that our resources should be used to give us properties in the north.
“But northern organizations and northern individuals have come up to say we must surrender our land to them to create colonies on our land. Are you going to allow that?
“We will not surrender one grain of sand of our sacred land to anybody. We will stand on our land and wait for you to come and carry out your threat and inshallah by the grace of God we will defeat you.
“We have heard that you have called your people to come back home. They should all go, we will assist them to leave (because) this is what we have been looking for all along.
“We call on our people, Igbo, Ibibio, Ikwerre, Ijaw return back home. If anything happens to you and this coward spines on you, you would have yourself to blame. We would not continue to risk our integrity and our pride because of you, return home now.
“We extend a hand of fellowship to our brothers in the middle belt who are suffering the same pain and deprivation as we do. We are with you in your hours of grief and pain and we will stand with you to the end.
“To our Yoruba brothers in Afenifere, and the leader of Afenifere whose daughter has been gruesomely murdered by this Gambari invaders. We condole with you but this is the price we have to pay to wake up.”
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