The Osun Progressives (TOP), a Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the systematic attempt to intimidate its members and Aregbesola Loyalists with state security apparatus by some government officials.
Adulawonews gathered that a staunch member of the Osun Progressives, Mr. Tunde Boladale is currently being held at the State Security Service (SSS) where he had reported since 12noon yesterday based on invitation by the state Director.
TOP in a statement signed by Chairman Adelowo Adebiyi, on Thursday, said democratic norms are being violated by the tendency, added that state will never serve anyone with good purpose.
He added that a situation like this is happening to a member of APC who just concluded his service to his local government, Isokan, as a Councillor.
Adulawonews learnt that Mr Boladale had been invited to a meeting by the state commissioner for youth and sports, Mr Yemi Lawal who hailed from the same local government where he directed him to renounce his membership of the Osun Progressives (TOP).
It was gathered that Boladale however refused saying that since Lawal will not renounce his association with Otunba Omisore who brought him from SDP to APC, he can not renounce his relationship with Aregbesola.
The medium learnt Director of SSS invited the ex-councilor where he was alleged to have made some statements against the Governor and asked about his membership of the T.O.P.
He denied making any statement against the Governor, Boladale affirmed his membership of T.O.P and unalloyed loyalty to Aregbesola who he said did a lot of good things that he appreciates.
However, Osun Progressives condemned the persecution of Boladale for holding view and the assault on his freedom of association.
He said TOP consider such steps as anti democracy and a serious negotiation of the provisions of the constitution.
“We note that the invitation of the SSS was premature and unnecessary as a report made to them much earlier of a state Commissioner vomiting verbal assault on video has not attracted their attention till now.
“We smell bias and bad faith in the prompt invitation and detention of Boladale as an example of what to expect by the SSS by anybody with opposing views to the present government”.