Abiodun alleges plans to sabotage his campaign, group backs Akinlade
The gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Ogun State, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, has urged politicians to desist from smear and violent political campaigns, lamenting that he has been a victim of such.
In a statement yesterday, by his spokesman, Remmy Hazzan, Abiodun claimed there was an attempt to increase what he described as smear campaign against the APC candidate as he commences his campaign tour today.
Hazzan also claimed that intelligence at their disposal reveals that the state government led by Governor Ibikunle Amosun is about to dissolve some of the party’s elected local government administrators across the state, who have refused to work against the party.
He said: “As we plan to start our local government tour from Ijebu North-East Local Government today, it has become necessary to inform the general public that intelligence at our disposal, reveals plans from certain quarters not only to heighten smear campaign against our candidate, Dapo Abiodun, but to also attack his convoy as we move round the state with our teeming supporters.
“We want to let the public know that our campaign organisation, as promised from onset, has continued to run decent and issue-based campaign with zero tolerance for violence. Our schedule of tour was carefully selected and copies of it were sent to the security agencies in advance. We will never take the voters for granted. We want to continue to meet, talk to, and interact with Ogun voters and sell the vision and programmes of our party and candidates to the Ogun voters without intimidation, harassment or coercion.
“We are also aware of the plan by the State Government to dissolve some elected local government administrations across the state, whose Chairmen and Councilors have insisted that they remain in APC and have refused to work against the party on whose platform they were elected in the first place.
“In the last few weeks our party members in various wards in Ogun State have suffered serious harassment, persecution, forceful take-over of our secretariats at wards and local government levels. Party offices and assets have been destroyed and our campaign materials have been continuously destroyed all over the state, especially in Abeokuta. We have continued to document and report these provocative and violent acts to the police authorities, who seem to be helpless. The current level of intolerance and impunity has never been witnessed in the history of electioneering since the creation of Ogun State in 1976.
“We are using this medium to call on all the security agencies not to be dissuaded from their constitutional duties for any reason whatsoever and by anybody, whosoever.”
Meanwhile, a non-governmental group in the state, Assembly of Patriots has pledged its allegiance to the gubernatorial candidate of Allied People’s Movement (APM), Mr. Adekunle Akinlade.
The state publicity secretary of the group, Olasunkanmi Oyekale, in a statement yesterday said that there was no better candidate in the state, given Akinlade’s level of experience and love for youths.
“Ogun youths are going to consider individual qualities and not party platforms in their choice of candidates in the coming elections.”
Similarly, assistant secretary of the group, Miss Fisayo Adetutu, said Triple A and his deputy Adepeju, are by far the youngest and yet most experienced as a team for the Oke Mosan race.
She extolled Adekunle’s antecedents, unparalleled ability to connect with the youths and his proposed popular #30:30 initiative aimed at ceding 30 per cent of slot of his appointments to youths under the age of 30 years when elected as governor.
On the issue of choice of APM being a factor in the equation, Sunkanmi, argued that with over 15 higher institutions of learning, Ogun State has one of the highest population of enlightened youths in Nigeria.
His words: “Ogun youths are going to consider individual qualities and not party platforms in their choice of candidates in the coming elections. Lets not also forget the sentiments that will play out itself in the manner Adekunle was robbed of his mandate under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the two primaries that took place in the state.
“We are particularly aware of the resolve by the youths to show massive discontent by voting against Dapo Abiodun the beneficiary of the electoral fraud committed by the party at the national level.”
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