Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
Oyo State government on Wednesday, raised an alarm over an alleged plot by a group within ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Unity Forum, to burn down the state secretariat of the party in an alleged bid to scuttle Saturday’s local government election and party congresses.
A statement by Executive Assistant, Political to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Mr Morounkola Thomas, said the government received intelligence that members of Unity Forum, have been holding clandestine meetings at different locations in Ibadan, the state capital, to perfect the plot by recruiting thugs.
Thomas said the group included some members of House of Representatives, a minister, as well as former and serving political office holders
He said as a decoy, the same set of people have been going around and granting press interviews claiming that the state Governor, Mr Ajimobi, was after their lives.
According to him, the group has been meeting in the homes of two of their members in Bodija and Samonda areas of Ibadan, with a view to causing chaos and panic among the good people of the state.
While warning the group to be prepared to bear the consequences of their planned action having taken precautionary measures to scuttle their plans, he however urged law-abiding citizens to go about their businesses without fear.
He said, “Oyo State is peaceful and will remain peaceful with the support of every law-abiding citizen. The governor has been a peace-loving leader and chief promoter of peace in the last seven years of his administration.
“He will, therefore, not fold his arms and allow any group or individual, irrespective of status, to take the state back to the dark era of political brigandage and violence.
“The protesting members of the House of Representatives and their leaders are all beneficiaries of Ajimobi’s generosity and should be grateful to him, instead of biting the fingers that fed them.
“We are aware that they are looking for relevance and the only way they can get this is by linking Ajimobi to the imaginary threat to their lives and well-being. Would anyone planning to injure you inform you before the act? They should have come up with a more believable tale.
“These are the governor’s political sons and I don’t know what will profit a father to kill his own son. The Almighty has been sufficiently good to him with every sense of modesty and he will not take issues further with them.
“All their tantrums are mere distractions and a plot to derail the governor from his focused cardinal objectives of transformation, reformation and repositioning agenda, which have indubitably transformed the face and fortunes of the state.
“It sounds unbelievable that the said Reps members and their ilk could claim that the same governor who single-handedly propelled them from political irrelevance to the limelight will now be plotting to take their lives.
“Ward congresses have come and gone. The congress committee and so-called Unity Forum adjudged the congress to be free and fair. An appeal committee has been put in place and I will only advise those aggrieved with the outcome of the congress to explore the opportunity.
“The governor has turned his attention to the task for which he was elected for the second term by the good people of Oyo State and will not allow himself to be distracted by the noise of the marketplace. I will rather advise them to get busy with the business of lawmaking for which they were elected.”