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Osun Blast: PDP, APC bicker

PDP imported political thuggery into Osun — APC

Hold Aregbesola responsible — OMISORE

No terrorism in Osun — SECURITY CHIEFS

FOLLOWING the explosion  that rocked the ancient city of Ile Ife on Tuesday, the state chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday pointed accusing fingers at each other.

PDP-APCWhile the APC accused the PDP of allegedly introducing political thuggery into Osun State, the PDP, on its part, said the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration should be held responsible for the blast.
This came as security chiefs in the state debunked the rumour that Boko Haram had infiltrated the state to unleash mayham.

PDP introduces political thuggery into Osun – APC
Speaking through its state Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, the APC alleged that “political terrorism is being introduced into the State of Osun by desperate PDP politicians who want to snatch power by all means; and it would appear they have the blessing of the presidency.

These were the angry sentiments expressed by the All Progressives Congress in the State of Osun in reaction to the bomb blast incident in Ile Ife yesterday (Tuesday) and the attack on its supporters by PDP thugs at Oke Bale on their way to a mega rally of APC at Ibokun on the same day as well as PDP’s thugs ripping of posters and destroying billboards of Ogbeni Aregbesola in Ilesha.”

The party, however, fingered the PDP for increase in violence in the state which “appears not unconnected with the desperation of the presidency to have a foothold in the West, which is predominantly APC stronghold.”

Condemning the blast, the APC said “with the bomb going off in Ile Ife, the hometown of the PDP gubernatorial candidate, political terrorism has now crept into the West and its probable link to the PDP with a history of unleashing violence on political opponents and citizens of Osun since 2007, we can only expect the worst”.

“The world should not allow political terrorism to grow in the South West. Those who start violence and war usually get consumed by it. A word should be enough for the wise’, the party cautioned and advised Mr. President that political terrorism is anti-democratic. Jonathan owes his office to democratic elections without violence. He therefore cannot keep it through undemocratic means.”

Hold Aregbesola responsible — Omisore
On its part, the Omisore Campaign Organisation, accused the state government of being responsible for the blast.
Reacting, the director, Media and Strategy of the organisation, Prince Diran Odeyemi, however, called on the Inspector General of Police,IGP, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, to investigate the bomb blast that rocked Ile Ife.

Odeyemi, said “since the assumption of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in Osun state the frequency of bomb blast has been on the increase and this is contrary to the peace the state has enjoyed over the year. The latest bomb blast occurred Tuesday in Ile-Ife and one begins to wonder what the intention of these anarchists is. The community where the explosion occurred are pointing accusing finger at some of the boys usually referred to as state boys and up till now no arrest has been made.

“We are aware of these antics. And for sure, they will fail. It is a sign of a party that is drowning since the masses of our people have rejected them. Every village, every community, every household and every bonafide citizen of Osun State will be safe. We shall all cast our votes in peace.

We shall confidently, fairly vote out and totally reject the Aregbesola-led APC government in Osun State and their incessant call for violence. The real indigenes of Osun State are peace loving people. We will ensure peace and rescue our prosperity from division and violence. We shall not fail. Peace, prosperity and development is the charge that Osun PDP and its candidates commit to. We shall not fail”.

No terrorism in Osun — Security chiefs
Meanwhile the State Security Council has debunked the rumour that Boko Haram has imported its terror activities into the state.

Speaking on behalf of the council, the Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Maishanu, described the report as false the insinuation that the Boko Haram terror group had made incursion into the South-West. Also at briefing were the Director of State Security Service in the state, Commandant Nigerian Army Engineering Construction Regiment, Ede and Sector Commander of the FRSC.

Maishanu said the detachment of police that went to the spot of the alleged explosion only found a “firecracker and not a deadly explosive or bomb as was earlier reported, which explained while no live was lost nor injuries recorded.” The police boss explained that fire cracker went off in an area predominated by miscreants and hoodlums, who used such means to scare people before dispossessing them of their belonging.

Explaining that there was no threat to lives, he enjoined people in the state to go about their lawful activities “without let or hindrance as police are ever ready to protect them in all nooks and crannies of the state.”

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