APC, PDP in counter accusations over large-scale violence plots in Osun
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, yesterday, traded words over alleged underground plots to plunge the state into large-scale violence.
The state Chairman of the APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun, in a statement, alleged that the PDP in collaboration with Aregbesola’s loyalists, who are members of The Osun Progressives (TOP) had procured petrol and over 600 guns for attacks during the forthcoming local council elections and ahead of the pronouncement of judgment in the state governorship election tribunal case.
Famodun claimed he received discreet intelligence that the alleged grand and coordinated planned attacks were targeted at leaders and members of APC in the state, adding that the PDP was also planning to attack witnesses of Governor Gboyega Oyetola and members of the ruling party in the election tribunal matter.
Although the party chairman didn’t supply any concrete evidence to back up his alerts, Famodun further claimed that no fewer than 20 guns for each of the 30 local councils and gallons of petrol had been clandestinely acquired by the opposition party to carry out their alleged planned mayhem.
But the PDP Caretaker Chairman in Osun, Dr Akindele Adekunle, disagreed with Famodun, describing the claims as lies, as the ruling party cooked the claims up to boost APC’s petition for the relocation of the ongoing Governorship Election Petition Tribunal from Osogbo to Abuja.
Adekunle said that APC in the state was notorious for violence, adding that the PDP didn’t procure guns and neither was it planning any attack.
Responding to APC allegations through a statement, the PDP boss said, “The All Progressive Congress (APC) has launched statewide insurgency agenda and fictional security reports to create false security alarm to boost its petition to relocate the Tribunal sitting from Osogbo to Abuja.”
“The PDP expresses apprehension and utter anger at the unbridled desperation of the state government to plunge Osun State into conflict, all in the devilish bid to stop the peaceful transfer of power in November. We warn that all the unfounded allegations leveled against PDP by Famodun are the insurgency agenda APC is already implementing, starting with attacks on PDP offices and party officials. And from what we learnt, it may even involve an attempt on the lives of the governor-elect.
“Before the election, APC leading political thugs in Osun had in video posts vowed to eliminate PDP leaders. In some areas, top thugs even issued ‘a don’t vote PDP orders’. Across the local councils, APC obviously procured thousands of guns with many armed miscreants in the state. It is on record that Asiri Eniba and his men were arrested on the eve of the election with high calibre guns. Proactive action by security agencies had saved Osun from mayhem openly boasted about by APC leaders.