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”.
Court refuses Senator Nwaoboshi’s request to stop INEC from issuing Ned Nwoko Certificate of Return
Justice Ahmed Mohammed in a short ruling yesterday refused to hear Nwaoboshi’s motion on the grounds that the court lacked the jurisdiction to do so.
According to him, the Court of Appeal had already taken seize of the matter.
Recall that Justice Mohammed had on April 3, 2019 sacked Nwaoboshi as Senator-elect representing Delta North senatorial district.
In sacking the senator, the court had held that Nwaoboshi was not the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary held on October 2, 2018, conducted to nominate its senatorial candidate for Delta North district in the 2019 general election.
Consequently, Justice Mohammed ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued Nwaoboshi as winner of the Delta North senatorial district election held on February 23 and issue Nwoko with a new certificate of return.
The court in addition, ordered INEC to immediately publish the name of Nwoko as the rightful candidate of the PDP, having established the fact before the court that Nwoko scored a majority of the lawful votes in the primary.
He also ordered Senator Nwaoboshi to stop parading himself as the candidate of the PDP for the Delta North senatorial district.
Not satisfied with the decision of Justice Mohammed, the senator approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja to upturn the judgement.
Nwaoboshi, also in an application urged Justice Mohammed to stay the execution of its earlier order sacking him as senator-elect representing Delta North senatorial district.
However, Justice Mohammed in a short ruling held that since defendants in the suit had appealed his judgement in the substantive suit, he would be transferring the motion together with the entire case file to the appellate court.
“This court has no further jurisdiction on the matter. In view of this, the first defendant’s (Nwaoboshi) motion filed before this court for stay of execution is hereby transmitted to the Court of Appeal,” Justice Mohammed said.
Provide evidence that you defeated me in presidential election – Buhari challenges Atiku
President Buhari told the Presidential Election Tribunal that, by the result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, he (Buhari) and his party, were victorious in the last election.
The APC candidate also told the Tribunal that the claim by Atiku and the PDP that the tradermoni policy of the government was a vote-buying measure was not true.
According to Buhari, the policy formed one of the many social intervention policies his government had put in place, directed at alleviating the suffering of the masses.
Buhari asked the Tribunal to ignore the claim by the petitioners that they won by results they obtained from a purported INEC server because it lacked legal basis.
Buhari further challenged Atiku and PDP to show evidence that their votes were depleted and manipulated.
This was contained in a preliminary objection filed by his group of lawyers in response to Atiku’s petition.
President Buhari also faulted the petitioners’ allegations of vote manipulation made against some security personnel, some named private individuals and organisations, without making them parties to the petition.
Buhari asked the Tribunal to throw aside Atiku, PDP’s petition on the grounds that the reliefs sought by the petitioners were frivolous.
He added that “The entire reliefs are not justifiable, as the petitioners, who claim to have scored majority of lawful votes insubstantial number of states, are also questioning their own return in those states.
“The petitioners cannot act as petitioners and respondents in the same petition.
“The alternative relief sought is self-defeating, apart from being frivolous.
“The election to the office of President on 23rd F February, 2019, was conducted in substantial compliance with the provision of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended),” he said.
Buhari, challenged the petitioners to produce “specifics of website: www.factsdontlien .com, including its domain owner, proprietor, lessee, lessor; etc., pleaded in paragraph 29 of the petition.
“Details of the electronic data on the servers of the 1st respondent (INEC), including the time, the details were downloaded, the person who downloaded them and the means of downloading (paragraph 29 of the petition).
“The documents from the 1st respondent, publishing the registered voters in Nigeria, as 84, 004, 084 and the number of PVCs collected as 72,775,502 (paragraph 30 of the petition).
“Details and documents, showing a breakdown of the electronically collated votes of 664, 659, allegedly cast for the petitioners in Abia State (paragraph 34 of the petition).
“Documents showing the published registered voters in Bauchi State, as pleaded in paragraph 41 of the petition.
“Details of the electronically collated 332,618 votes in Bayelsa State (paragraph 42).
“Documents showing how petitioners’ votes were depleted by 173,153, in Benue State (paragraph 44).
“Details of how petitioners’ votes were depleted by 210,109 in Bomo State (paragraph 46 of the petition).”
EPL: Mohamed Salah in shock Liverpool exit after heated discussion with Klopp
The Egyptian has reportedly told Liverpool he wants to leave after heated discussion with manager, Jurgen Klopp.
Salah has become a hero at the club since joining them nearly two years ago.
However, Spanish outlet AS, reports that the player is now determined to force his way out of the club this summer.
According to the report, Salah has asked the club to sanction his sale at the end of the season.
The paper said this decision comes as a result of a series of heated discussions with Klopp.
The Egyptian is even willing to hand in a transfer request to force through a move.
Salah penned a new bumper five-year contract with the Reds last summer on the back of a record-breaking season at the club.
Salah scored last night as Liverpool defeated Porto 4-1 and book their place in a successive Champions League semi-final.
Liverpool will be hoping on the player as they face Lionel Messi and his Barcelona side in the semi-finals of the competition later this month.
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