Security operatives attached to the campaign train of the Governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun were said to have foiled attacked on the Governorship candidate today in the state capital, Abeokuta, by some street urchins allegedly loyal to the incumbent Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle.
A Press release signed by Comrade Tunde Oladunjoye reads, “we wish to bring it to the notice of the general public that a planned attack on the campaign train of Prince Dapo Abiodun was this afternoon foiled by security men and our teeming supporters in Abeokuta, the state capital.
According to him, the hoodlums was led by a serving member of the House of Representatives, who is also a House of Reps candidate of the Allied Progressives Movement (APM), a Party being sponsored by the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
He said the urchins mounted a barricade, brandishing guns and other dangerous weapons, and ready to attack APC members, particularly the governorship and deputy governorship candidates, Prince Dapo Abiodun and Engineer (Mrs) Noimot Oyedele respectively, as they were approaching the mobile podium.
The party Spokesman commended the courage of the party’s supporters who trooped out in their thousands in Abeokuta today and the security personnel in their entourage; the SSS, Police and members of the Civil Defence, whose presence overwhelmed the attackers and who eventually took to their heels, while the campaign continued in a festive mood.
He revealed that earlier this morning, they gathered intelligence report that, due to the growing popularity of Prince Dapo Abiodun in Ogun State, especially the way he was received by an unprecedented crowd of people yesterday during his ward-to-ward tour of Abeokuta North Local Government, a meeting was hurriedly called last night APM stalwarts during which it was decided that the APC governorship candidate should be assassinated via stray bullet.
He said it was also decided at the said meeting that seven elected local government Council Chairmen and many of their councillors labeled as being loyal to the APC and supporting Prince Dapo Abiodun, should be sacked today via an announcement on government-owned state television and radio stations, OGTV and OGBC respectively.
It would be recalled that, our party had some weeks back, raised alarms about the plan to increase smear campaign against Prince Dapo Abiodun and also attack his campaign convoy.
The Party not only called for investigation, but actually demanded that the Inspector General of Police should set up an independent panel to investigate and report to him directly, the recent escalating political violence in our once peaceful state.
Oladunjoye assured the general public that they would remain resolute in their non-violent campaign, while urging the masses of Ogun State not to be scared or intimidated they understood that 2019 elections in Ogun State would be determined by votes and not bullets.
The party therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to show concern and call Governor Amosun to order.
Efforts to get the Director General of APM to react to the allegations was thwarted as his line was not available.
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