Political Crisis: Again, APC Raises Alarm Over Coordinated Planned Attacks On Members In Osun By PDP, Police

….Calls For Removal Of CP Longe

The Osun chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has disclosed that it has lost confidence in the State’s Commissioner of Police, Kehinde Longe.

This was revealed in a press conference held at Tinubu/ Shettima Campaign Office in Osogbo, on Wednesday.

ADULAWO NEWS reports that the APC acting chairman, Tajudeen Lawal alleged that the members and leaders of APC have not known peace since the election petition tribunal declared Oyetola winner of July 16 gubernatorial election.

According to him, “We are sad to inform you that since the tribunal judgement that sacked the embattled Governor Ademola Adeleke from the office and also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return from him and give same to the winner of the election, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, the members and leaders of our party have not known peace for a day.

“If the Adeleke-sponsored thugs were not killing, maiming or attacking our members in the various towns and villages in the state, the handlers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would be organizing sponsored protests within the state and outside as far as Abuja in order to whip up a false sentiment that their sacked governor whom the tribunal had affirmed forgery of school documents against, is a saint.
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“It has become the duty and past time of the young and the old ones in the Osun State PDP faction, loyal to the Ede Political Dynasty to be denigrating the judiciary by calling the members of the governorship tribunal unprintable names with unsubstantiated allegations and claims against them. That is not where we are going as the schism is between the PDP and the judiciary.

“This is a more trying period in the political history of our state cannot be farfetched as what our members are experiencing from the PDP goons can better be imagined rather than experienced.
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“As I speak, almost all the members of our party, the APC, in the Atakumosa-East Local Government Council Area of the state, have been run out of the towns and villages in the local government by daredevil and notorious PDP thugs who were acting the scripts of one Sanya Omirin, the PDP House of Representatives candidate for Ijesa-South Federal Constituency.

“The property of the scores of the APC members in the Atakumosa-East Local Government Council Area have been wilfully destroyed by the PDP thugs as a ploy to prevent our members and supporters from taking part in the forthcoming general elections. Some of our members are now hibernating and squatting in Ilesa, Ile-Ife, Osogbo and other towns to evade political attacks.

“The most pathetic and annoying development is that some of the PDP leaders have formed an habit of inciting the PDP members and thugs against our people at different political fora flaunting the support of the police in carrying out their anti-social, undemocratic, wicked and primitive activities against perceived or real political opponents.
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“On February 2nd, 2023, the APC Ward 9 Treasurer in Ikire, Irewole Local Government Council Area of the state, Saheed Oyegunju a.k.a. ‘SP’ while engaging in his lawful commercial motorcycle riding was abducted by the political thugs led by one Segun Adegoke, the owner of Country Lodge in Ikire and Akeem Oriade in broad daylights. Adegoke and Oriade are political hoodlums and associates of Akogun Lere Oyewumi, the PDP senatorial candidate in the Osun-West Senatorial District of the state.

“Surprisingly, the lifeless body of the abducted APC member, Oyegunju, was found in the outskirt of Ikire the following day while the state caretaker committee chairman of the PDP, Dr. Akindele Adekunle, in an interview, categorically said that the killed APC treasurer was ‘a cultist’. In a saner clime, the police would have invited the sit-tight Osun PDP caretaker chairman to throw more light on what he knows about the murder of Oyegunju.

“It is on record that the video recorded and verifiable inciting statements against the APC members were made in different occasions by some PDP chieftains like Adesina Rabiu Atanda, the PDP House of Assembly candidate for Iwo State Constituency; Clement Akanni Olorunwa, the PDP House of Representatives candidate for Ila Federal Constituency and Akogun Lere Oyewumi, who was fingered in the murder of Oyegunju, few days ago.

“Some of the other prominent PDP thugs who were inciting their members against the APC members are one Sarafa Awotunde a.k.a. ‘SPAIN’; Sanya Omirin and Emir Ajagungbade.

“Let me at this juncture inform you that a privileged information has disclosed that Adeleke and the PDP leadership in the state have concluded a co-ordinated arrangement to use the police to embark on the arrest of some of the leaders of our party in order to disenfranchise them and create fears in the minds of our members ahead of the presidential and other remaining elections in the state.

“It was gathered that Adeleke and the PDP had skillfully designed the indiscriminate arrest of our members to be carried out by the pliable Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) who were transferred to their different duty posts amidst criticisms by us shortly after the current state Commissioner of Police, Mr Patrick Kehinde Longe, assumed office, recently.

“Information also has it that the Osun State chapter of the PDP has a discreet committee whose duty is to compile the names and addresses of the targeted APC members to be arrested and possibly attacked and killed.

“Gentlemen of the press, the kernel of our press conference is that the PDP, Adeleke and Osun State Police Command, under CP Longe, should be held responsible for any break-down of law and order as the general elections are approaching in a few days time.

“The main source of our concern about the pitiable security situation of our state since the inauguration of the sacked Governor Adeleke’s administration is that the police which is the statutory security agency in the state have not been doing enough to dispassionately maintain peace and order.

“It was observed that the police are always looking away when our members are being attacked by the PDP thugs in Osogbo, Ede, Ilesa, Ijebu-Jesa, Ila-Orangun, Ikire, Iwo, Ikirun, Okuku, Ifetedo etc which make us to suspect and conclude that the police has not been maintaining neutrality in the discharge of their official responsibility. They favour the PDP.

“The funniest aspect of the unsavoury development is that the political hoodlums who were arrested and brought down to the police command in Osogbo from Ifetedo few days ago were not even allowed to alight from the vehicle that brought them before they were surprisingly left off the hook based on the directive from the top.

“It is based on the totality of the insensitive attitude of the leadership of the Nigeria Police to the plight of members of our party that we are making a clarion call for the transfer of the state commissioner of police, Mr Patrick Kehinde Longe, from our state.

“We are calling on the Inspector-General of Police to intervene in our plight by urgently effecting the transfer of the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Longe, as his best is found out not to be in the best interest of any genuine democratic setting.

“We shall not desist from our fervent belief in the rules of law which is the pedestal of our party no matter the level of provocation from any quarters.

“We are imploring the members of our party across the state to continue their lawful campaign for our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and other candidates and subsequently vote for them in the forthcoming general elections without further delay.”

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