By Ola Ajayi
FORMER Governor Rashidi Ladoja, Senator Lekan Balogun and other perceived opponents of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala have been invited by the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Baba Adisa Bolanta over the mayhem that engulfed Ogbomoso some weeks ago.
The crisis erupted when the perceived anti-Akala PDP chieftains stormed the home town of the governor to campaign against the re-election of the governor come 2011.
Two persons were said to had been killed during the gun duel between the supporters of both groups.
According to an e-mail sent by Senator Balogun Tuesday, all of them had been summoned by the CP to explain their alleged involvement in the crisis.
While calling for the removal or redeployment of the CP for alleged partisanship and glaring subservience to Governor Akala, Senator Balogun said the security agencies in the country should not keep mum over increasing number of armoured personnel carrier in the Government House.
He alleged that the weapons of war were kept by the governor for the manipulation of the 2011 polls.
He said, “we suspect that the motive for increasing this military/police equipment is to have enough to intimidate the electorate in 2011 elections and ultimately manipulate the election. This is potentially inimical to our fledging democracy, as well as peace and stability of Nigeria in general. We therefore call on the security agencies to give this matter the urgent attention it deserves in order to nip in the bud the disastrous consequences such a self serving and tyrannical act may engender.”
But, while responding on the allegation, Governor Akala through his Special Adviser on Public Communication, Prince Dotun Oyelade, had earlier said the government would distribute the police equipment when the time was ripe.
Balogun called on the people of the state to come out for a peaceful protest at Iyaganku police station next Monday, 29 Nov. 2010 against what he described as “the tyranny of Oyo State Government and the collaboration of the police in its failure to impartially discharge its social responsibility in the maintenance of law and order.”
He said it sounded absurd that the same police which failed to carry out the order of the Nigeria Industrial Court in respect of the litigation brought before it by Tokyo and the failure to prosecute Eleweomo and others in a case of assault on my humble self was the one summoning him and others for interrogation over the Ogbomosho crisis that they were not even remotely connected with.
“We use this opportunity to call again for the re-deployment of the incumbent police commissioner from the state in order to guarantee free, peaceful and credible elections in 2011. We are of firm belief that his continued stay in that office is inconsistent with peace, order and good governance in the state, as well as our collective aspiration for free, peaceful and credible election in 2011, said Balogun. When the Commissioner of Police was called for response, his phone was switched off.