The Oyo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has again accused Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of being behind the rising cases of vicious attacks against its members in the state.
The party further accused the Makinde-led government of having alliance with some miscreants allegedly recruited into the service of the Park Management System, and weaponising them to attack them.
This indictment came against the backdrop of fresh cases of destruction of campaign billboards and posters belonging to candidates of the APC and other opposition parties. Most of the attacks on such facilities appear coordinated with APC being the worst victims.
In a statement issued during the weekend and made available to press men in Ibadan by the Publicity Secretary of APC, Olawale Sadare, the party bemoaned the seeming lackadaisical attitude of the police and other security agencies towards arresting the ugly trend of coordinated attacks against opposition figures and their properties as perpetrated by some known agents of Gov. Makinde and Oyo PDP.
The statement read: “It is with a deep sense of regret that we are raising the issue of politically motivated attack at this time when parties and their candidates intensify efforts to kick-start campaigns ahead of the next general election. Those behind the dastardly acts in parts of the state are well known and we have called the attention of security agencies to their nefarious activities on several occasions with proof.
“Just last Saturday at about 5 pm, a team of experts employed by our party were at Toll Gate area on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway where they mounted a campaign billboard bearing the pictures of Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Sen. Teslim Folarin who are the presidential and gubernatorial candidates of the APC respectively but shortly after (at about 9 pm), a commercial bus brought some red beret-wearing miscreants and they destroyed the billboard. They operated for about 30 minutes without being challenged.
“Before now, the Oyo Central Senatorial candidate of our party, Dr Yunus Akintunde, has had virtually all his campaign billboards destroyed in various locations across Oluyole, Ona-Ara, Egbeda and Akinyele Local Government areas while those of Barr. Sarafadeen Alli, Honorables Olaide Akinremi, Saheed Akinade-Fijabi, Dapo Lam-Adesina, Aderemi Oseni and many others have not been spared in all parts of Ibadanland.
“Another sad development has to do with the increased cases of violent attacks against members of our party at Aliwo, Oke-Adu, Agodi spare parts market, Iwo Road and Iyana Oja Bodija as the violence merchants latched on the hasty address given by the state commissioner of police in the wake of the attacks carried out against participants at the October 4, 2022, Solidarity Walk for Tinubu/Shettima in Ibadan.
“The spate and manner of these violent attacks indicate that those behind them enjoy the backing of Gov. Makinde and Oyo PDP. In fact, there are enough facts on the ground to hold members of the controversial Mukaila Lamidi-led Park Management System responsible.
“There are also indications that sponsors and participants in the dastardly acts are not ready to give peace a chance since their goal is to railroad Gov. Makinde into the office for an underserved second term”, APC alleged.