OLA AJAYI, IBADAN
THERE may be a clash between the supporters of the Presidential Candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), and Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala over the use of the ancient Mapo Hall for the rally of the party.
This indication emerged today as the CPC said it would not succumb to the cancellation of its rally which had been fixed for Mapo earlier by the PDP ruling government in Oyo State.
Governor Akala had disallowed the use of the hall because he said the venue had been booked for the wife of the President, Mrs. Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan who is coming to Ibadan, Tuesday.
But, the retired military man through Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said the party would resist the alleged latest move by the ruling PDP to muzzle it.
He stressed that “Governor Alao-Akala added a ridiculous dimension to the whole saga when he lied that the hiccup was because we changed our rally date.
The attached receipts from Ibadan Local Governments Properties Co. Limited, the official managers of Mapo Hall, showed the date CPC booked Mapo Hall and the subsequent official acceptance of CPC use of Mapo Hall on the new rally date, 14th March 2011.
He said, since all the rules governing the use of the place had been fulfilled by the CPC, they would not allow any cancellation at this stage.
According to Odumakin, “We wish to sound it loud and clear again that all these shenanigans will not stop the Buhari/Bakare hurricane that is blowing away the umbrella of deception all over Nigeria.”
He alluded to the alleged initial cancellation of the party’s rally in Niger and Adamawa states saying “we ask President Jonathan to hold the leash on his attack dogs as it smacks of hypocrisy for him to be pretending to be calling peace parleys with other presidential candidates while his agents are working against peace”.
The party stated in a release that “Nigerians should help us ask if Mrs. Patience Jonathan will ask somebody not to hold a wedding ceremony at an event centre because she intends using the place the following day if she were a private citizen,”.