As the Osun State governorship election draws nigh, one person has been reported dead as members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and the All Progressive Congress, Monday clashed in Ile-Ife, hometown of the PDP flagbearer, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
The incident occurred at Gbodo area, behind the palace of Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade. Omisore however blamed some chieftains of the APC as the mastermind of the fracas.
Speaking through the Director of Publicity for his campaign organization, Prince Diran Odeyemi, the PDP candidate said the attackers were led by APC chieftains including a member of the House of Representatives, Hon Rotimi Makinde, one Dayo Eluyemi and the chairmen of the two local government councils in Ile-Ife.
According to the PDP candidate, “the attack was carried out by the State Boys, a group of political thugs funded by the state government.
“The coordinated attack on PDP members was launched immediately after a purported rally of the APC addressed and coordinated by the Honorable Rotimi Makinde”.
He added “more than six vehicles belonging to innocent PDP members have been destroyed, countless numbers of shops razed and looted and several members of our party beaten and attacked with machetes”.
“We have implored our members to remain law abiding while we have notified the police and other security agencies of this unwarranted attacks on innocent PDP members who are going about their lawful business”.
APC spokesperson in the state, Mr Kunle Oyatomi in his reaction however said it was the PDP members that first attacked APC members during a door to door campaign. “It is a pity that the PDP is looking for power that it cannot give itself”.
“We have nothing to fear in Ile Ife. And this was demonstrated at our maiden mega rally right at the centre of the ancient town. People came in their thousands and show support and solidarity in a manner that any first timer in Ile Ife would readily believe and truly so, that Aregbesola has no competitor in the State. Before Omisore stepped into the arena, Osun has been peaceful under Aregbesola. But a potentially treat to violence surfaced with Omisore over interest in becoming governor”.
“The question all intelligent people should ask themselves is how can a government of APC that is conscious of critical relationship between peace and development turn round to create violence to stall the very same socio and environmental development it has brought about in Osun?”
“In whose interest, therefore is violence necessary in Osun if not the PDP? Accusing the APC of violence is PDP’s antics to divert attention from its own criminality”, Oyatomi said.
Police Public Relation Officer in the state, DSP Folashade Odoro confirmed the incident, but said the situation was under control.
Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel
Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.
The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.
This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
— Kola Ologbondiyan (@officialKolaO) November 23, 2020
Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.
Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.
Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.
The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.
He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.
The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.
He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.
“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”
Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.
This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.
Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.
Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.
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