There were accusations and counter-accusations by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Nigeria Police over a major clamp down on leaders of the APC by security operatives.
The APC alleged that a “clamp down and shooting spree around the homes of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) began at nightfall on Friday when armed and masked security agents surrounded and invaded their homes with sporadic shootings to terrorise their households and neighbours.”
But in a swift reaction, the Police authorities refuted the claims made by the party.
The party also said the “home of Senator Bayo Salami was invaded by armed soldiers and security agents at midnight while the country home of the first civilian Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke was not spared of the invasion.
The gate of Salami’s house was forced open by the hooded security agents who fired sporadically to gain entrance into the sprawling compound to arrest him.”
According to the party, “the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the State Secretary of APC, Prince Gboyega Famoodun were also arrested by the armed soldiers.
Already, the State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Sikiru Adetona Ayedun, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Wale Adedoyin, the Executive Secretary of Osogbo Local Government, Mr. Isiaka Faramade, the House of Assembly member representing Obokun and Ilesa State Constituencies, Hon. Femi Fafiyebi and Folarin Fafowora have all been arrested by armed soldiers and hooded security agents from their homes on Friday night.”
“APC agents in Ifelodun and Ede South Local Governments have been arrested at the time of distribution of election materials by officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while those of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were excluded. The Ede South Local Government chairman of APC, Alhaji Surajudeed Opalola was also arrested by the security agents who were led by by the Youth Leader of PDP in the council
Also arrested and whisked to the office of the the DSS was Mr. Sunday Dare a communication expert”, the party stated.
Spokesman of the APC, Kunle Oyatomi, in a swift reaction, said the wave of arrests and intimidation would further deepen the defeat of PDP.
“It is a shame this is happening. This is democracy and our people are resolute on electing the leader they can trust,” Oyatomi said.
But efforts to reach the APC’s spokesperson, Alhaji Mohammed proved abortive as his number was not available.
It’s not true – Police
When Vanguard put a call to the hotlines provided by the Police for the Osun governorship election, the operator said “it is not true. That information is false, nobody was arrested.”