By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA — The crisis rocking Ogun State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has taken a new twist as some unknown people in the early hours of Sunday defaced the walls of the GRA residence of former governor of the state, Aremo Segun Osoba, with graffiti.
The incident occurred few days after Osoba’s house was invaded by Policemen who almost disrupted the political meeting being held in the house by his loyalists following the allegation of sporadic shooting within the premises.
When Vanguard visited the area, the graffiti which was in black spray paint, was written in Yoruba language. Some of the inscriptions read: ‘Osoba gba fun oga e’, ‘Osoba ti e ba e’, ‘Osoba o ni wo tan’, ‘Osoba, gba fun SIA, SIA lamo’, ‘Osoba gba fun oga e’.
The inscriptions which were derogatory to the person of Osoba, simply translate as “Osoba, you will not survive it, only SIA (Senator Ibikunle Amosun) is the recognised leader, among others.
The guard at the house, Tunde Fasasi, who spoke to Vanguard said the person(s) that committed the sacriledge must have come around 4 a.m as he had paraded the premises around 3 am.
It’s too late to tarnish my image— Osoba
Reacting to the development, Osoba in a telephone conversation, said he was not bothered by any attack on him or his political career, saying the reputation he had built over the years couldn’t be tarnished by his detractors’ smear campaign.
He said: “Well, I am used to being insulted even when I was governor in 2002. I am not disappointed. That is exactly what happened 11 years ago. For me, I have developed a thick skin.
“Anybody can say anything about me at the age of 75. It is too late to malign my name or to destroy my reputation as an elder. All I can say is that may God continue to forgive them. We should pray for them, may God forgive them.”
Vanguard reliably gathered that the perpetrators of the act came with thugs in a local government vehicle.
According to the source, they were more than 10 who were ready to attack anyone that attempted to stop them.
They were said to have come from a building belonging to a powerful politician in the state around the area and reportedly went back to the building after they finished defacing the personality of the former governor through graffiti.
We know nothing about it —Amosun’s aide
But, in a swift reaction, Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Sola Balogun exonerated the state governor from the act.
He described the action as a deliberate attempt by enemies of the state to destroy the governor’s name, saying: “It was done by Osoba’s loyalists.
“Senator Ibikunle Amosun cannot and did not send anybody to deface Osoba’s house. This is a tolerant governor.
“The thing was done by Osoba people with a view to nailing the governor, but we know that loyalists of the governor could not have done it.
“We don’t play our politics like that, we are not do-or-die politicians and the governor has never encouraged such.”