By Gbenga Olarinoye
The Action Congress (AC) in Osun State has raised an alarm over alleged plan by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to use the police to arrest its gubernatorial candidate, Mr Rauf Aregbesola over the bomb blast that rocked the state secretariat in 2007.
Addressing newsmen in Osogbo yesterday, the state chairman of AC, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti stated that since Mr Aregbesola was released on bail by an Abuja Magistrate Court last week for alleged presentation of a fake police report before the election petition tribunal, the PDP had perfected another plan to nail him.
A substance suspected to be a bomb blast had on June 14, 2007 rocked the state secretariat, Abere killing one person on the spot while another person sustained serious injuries.
The PDP and the state government had since the incident linked the AC standard bearer with the explosion and asked that he should be arrested by the police to face prosecution.
But the AC which said it was aversed with the investigation of the blast, said that such investigation should not be carried out on the basis of political sentiments.
â€œThe government of Olagunsoye Oyinlola had made secret plan with the police in the state to effect the arrest of Engr Rauf Aregbesola in order to deprive him of the success in the on-going rretrial at the tribunalâ€ Alhaji Adeoti said.
According to him, the PDP in collaboration with the police was doing everything to frustrate and intimidate the AC candidate by arresting, detaining and prosecuting him on phantom charges.
On the controversial police report, the party claimed that the report was authentic and challenged the police to produce the original report for the public to see.
The party recalled that with all the records of political killings allegedly perpetrated by the PDP thugs there was no way any discernible mind could adjudge the April 14, 2007 election as free and fair.