Claims threat to Aregbesola’s life
ALTHOUGH the polls are three years away, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has alleged plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) “to destabilise the South-West and soften the ground for the party (PDP) ahead of the 2015 general elections.”
As part of the alleged plot, the ACN also claimed to have uncovered “credible threats” to the life of Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola.
In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said: “Osun State is being targeted in the pilot scheme of this act of desperation by the PDP, which is hell bent on causing chaos in the region.
“The architects of this plot believe that unless the PDP destabilises the South-West and gets rid of the man they see as an implacable foe of the party (PDP), the President’s putative plan to run for re-election in 2015 will be in jeopardy, especially as they are afraid — for reasons best known to them — that the President will not get the backing of the North-West and the North-East in his quest for re-election.”
Also, the Oyo State Chapter of the ACN has faulted alleged “continuous visit” of National Vice Chairman, PDP (South-West), Segun Oni, to Ibadan, the state capital, warning him against “disrupting the new-found peace which the ACN-led government in the state had been able to bring about.”
In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Dauda Kolawole, the ACN claimed that Oni’s continuous visit to the state was “principally to stoke crises and bring back Oyo State to the unenviable position it occupied during the tenure of former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala,” which it said was “notorious for its brigandage and unbridled violence.”
The former Ekiti State governor was in Ibadan on Tuesday to meet with some feuding PDP groups in the state.
Mohammed wrote: “The first step in the dastardly plot is the fabrication of an ‘intelligence report’ alleging that Governor Aregbesola is nursing a secessionist plan; that he now plays Osun’s anthem in place of the national anthem; that he has since dispensed with the services of the SSS operatives attached to him and replaced them with Islamic extremists called ‘Tawun’; that he has officially changed the uniforms of secondary schools in Osun, made the wearing of hijab compulsory for female students and enforces that through Islamic militants, and that he has sent militants for revolutionary training in Cuba.
“The cooked intelligence report concluded that all legal and constitutional means must be used to stop him. Reading between the lines, the measures being advocated in the report could only be impeachment (this is impossible considering the clean sweep
of the PDP’s footsteps in the state), creation of chaos and anarchy to pave the way for the imposition of a state of emergency in the state, or the final solution, which is physical elimination.”
The ACN said it listed “physical elimination because of the inexplicable disappearing acts involving some security agents attached to the governor in recent times, and the growing suspicious activity of some security agencies in the state.”
The party warned the alleged “plotters to desist from any act that will further threaten the tenuous peace and security in the country,
while reminding them to learn from history.
“There is no iota of truth in the allegations detailed in the so-called intelligence report engineered by the PDP. No SSS operative
has been sent packing and the governor neither has the intention nor possess the authority to do so; no private militia is being trained anywhere except in the warped minds of the PDP desperadoes; and no uniform change or hijab-wearing law has been passed in the state.”
It added: “We hope that the plotters remember that since the First Republic, all attempts to destabilise the South-West have ended with dire consequences for the nation. Also, such acts have always been motivated by the desperation to win federal elections.
“The ACN will therefore like to put the PDP and its collaborators on notice that it (ACN) will guard its mandate in Osun and other states jealously against political hawks. The so-called intelligence report should be shredded and packed in a dust-bin where it belongs, because it is nothing but the PDP master-plan to destabilise Osun State in particular and the South-West region in general.
“We also warn the security and intelligence agencies to be independent and not allow themselves to be used for political
gains. They should put national interest above partisan or sectional interest, and remember that the PDP is not synonymous with the Nigerian nation. It is just a bull in china shop that will soon be ejected by the peoples’ votes.”