A caucus within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, The Osun Progressives (TOP), has alleged that some individuals in government and the party have perfected plans to attack and assassinate some leaders of the group.
TOP, in a press conference addressed by its Chairman, Adelowo Adebiyi on Thursday in Osogbo, alleged that the planned assassination is as a result of the group’s agitation for restructuring and re-energising of the party and also due to the outcome of the last ward congress in the state.
Adelowo noted that despite the fact that the group has informed relevant security agencies who had assured them of taking steps to investigate the information and as well as to ensure the protection of the lives of the leadership and members of the caucus, it is still necessary to announce to the world the sinister plans being hatched within the state government and the state chapter of the APC.
The TOP Chairman explained that the group with their agenda has provided hope for a better tomorrow within the APC because they had seen clearly than some members whose personal interests have blurred the reality that the leadership of the party as constituted is inept.
In his words, “The Oyinlola government, which we challenged in the past, was not as virulent as the Governor Oyetola-led government of our party, since the struggle started.
“To think that we jointly worked to hoist the government became a joke on us, as any party member with traceable connections with former governor Aregbesola is excluded from all forms of things in government.
“Upon the failed attempt at getting to uphold their wobbling and fumbling during the last ward congress, helped with the crude use of power, the government and party elements have resulted to the self-help of planned attack and assassination, if the need is, of some leadership of TOP.”
Adelowo added that the information could not be dismissed because of the violence that was witnessed during the conduct of the congress in some local governments where some government officials came to the collation centres issuing threats with thugs armed with dangerous weapons, a development which was alien to the progressives political platform.
While emphasising that the group is not surprised at the level at which things had degenerated, TOP pleaded with prominent individuals within the party to quickly intervene to stop desperate elements within Osun APC from spilling innocent blood for their selfish interests.
Reacting, the Spokesperson of the APC in the state, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, described the allegation as odious and unbecoming of a group within the APC who appears to have discarded honour and now treading on falsehood, fake news and irresponsible statements.
Oyatomi explained that TOP that issued the statement through a press conference had taken things out of normalcy adding that it was unfortunate that the group was claiming things that they cannot substantiate with evidence.
“How do you come out to say people want to kill you? When has it gotten to that?
“For the sake of unity as I have always said. The party is one and if some members of that party are thinking otherwise, then they probably don’t want to belong to that party anymore.
“How can they imagine a political party of record and such importance be alleged to be killers. If the APC in Osun are killers as they claimed, then members of TOP are killers.
“TOP is not a political party but a group that associates itself with the progressives hence it shouldn’t have said that”, Oyatomi concluded.
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