*Leave us out of it, APC
ABEOKUTA – The African Democratic Congress (ADC), Ogun state chapter on Friday accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) of formenting violence in the state and destroying of campaign posters and billboards of its Governorship candidate, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka.
The party equally hinted that the political atmosphere in the state is not only becoming “dangerous” but also frightening.
Briefing journalists at the campaign office of the party in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, the Director General of Gboyega Nasir Isiaka Campaign Organization (GNICO), Engr. Anthony Ojeshina, said the political intolerance of APC and APM, may pose a threat to the peaceful conduct of 2019 poll in the state.
Citing series of attacks on some party members as well as its campaign bill boards, the party called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, Director-General of the State Security Service and all other security agencies to keep eye on the political developments in the state. So that Ogun state will not become “theatre of war”.
Ojesina recalled that three weeks ago, the convoy of their Governorship candidate, Prince Gboyega Isiaka, popularly known as GNI was attacked while on campaign trip during which a party faithful was shot and wounded.
According to him the victim “Is still struggling for survival in the hospital while another one received deep glass cut wounds.”
According to him, the worsening state of security and general atmosphere of uncertainty currently pervasive in Ogun state is a deliberate and orchestrated plan to throw the state into a state of security emergency before and during the elections.
Ojesina who spoke in the presence of other party chieftains stated ” whereas every society have its share of anti-social elements that harbour negative vices and which security agencies have to routinely deal with, we are constrained to observe with trepidation, the deliberate and orchestrated plan to throw Ogun state into a state of security emergency before and during election, thereby making peaceful campaigns either unattainable or altogether make elections in Ogun state impossible.”
He insisted that the campaign organisation was not raising false alarm “but we have concrete concerns and genuinely so to make this claims.”
His words “We have unimpeachable information and tested facts to the fact that there are premeditated plans to subvert the electoral process via provocation and violence. Secondly, we have noticed and recorded sequence of events since December 1 that serve as pointers to our assumptions.
According to him, the first indication of hostility occurred on December 1 when officials of the state Signage Agency attacked the party’s advertisement materials by defacing and carting them away.
Ojesina again said on December 8 during a campaign tour to the Abeokuta North Local Government some assailants stormed the venue and “cut down a young and vibrant member of our party.”
“A day after that, we prevented what could have been the fifth recorded violent event when we regrettably cancelled our planed tour of Odogbolu local government slated for December 10 due to unfavourable but very reliable security reports which indicated that agents of the governorship candidate of an opposing political party had stationed deadly cultists to truncate our tour and possibly ensure a fatal incident there.”
“From the foregoing, we see a sustained orgy of violence that are proving fatal at each turn. We also observe, having in hindsight the reliable information at our disposal that there are certain opposition parties that are deliberately triggering this crisis towards making Ogun state a theatre of war such that peaceful campaigns will be impossible and unfit to have elections here”.
Ojesina who spoke on “Ogun State Must Not Become Theatre of War” assured that despite all the provocations, they don’t intend to retaliate “Because our party is peaceful and our Governorship candidate is peace loving and has a history of violence free, issues based campaign since 2011”.
In his reaction, the Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee of the Ogun State chapter, All Progressives Congress (APC), Tunde Oladunjoye, has advised the African Democratic Congress (ADC), its governorship candidate, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka(GNI) and GNI Campaign Organisation to leave APC out of their ordeal over the alleged destruction of campaign posters.
Oladunjoye urged the ADC and GNI to leave APC out of their plights, saying they know who is defacing their posters and other campaign materials, and even that of the APC gubernatorial candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
He added that ADC and Isiaka have what it takes to correctly identify the person engineering the removal of their advert materials and urged them to face the person and leave innocent APC out of it.
“Our attention has been drawn to a media press briefing conducted by the ADC/GNICO where it was alleged that the All Progressives Congress, Ogun State is defacing and removing their posters and other campaign materials.
“We believe the GNI Campaign Organisation has the wherewithal to know who has actually been removing its advert materials and that of APC candidate Prince Dapo Abiodun, across Ogun State, especially in Abeokuta; they should be courageous enough to name the persons and party and not lump APC together with the culprits.
“The APC and its candidates are running a decent, non-violent and issue-based campaign, devoid of violence and hate speeches.
Our media team (party’s and candidate’s) are peopled by thoroughbred professionals.
“We want to put it on record that when the news of the attack on the convoy of ADC candidate broke out early December, our candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun, put a call across to him to sympathize with and encourage him.
“That is the stock we are made of; we are not desperate; we are not intolerant and we are confident that Ogun people will listen to us and vote us in,” Oladunjoye stated.