By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA —THE All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun State, yesterday, raised the alarm over an alleged planned smear campaign and violent attack against its governorship candidate, Mr. Dapo Abiodun.
A statement by spokesperson of the Dapo Biodun Campaign Organisation, Mr. Remmy Hazzan alleged that there is a planned attempt to increase smear campaign against the candidate and attack his convoy.
The statement reads: “As we plan to start our local government tour from Ijebu North-East local government, on Monday, January 7, 2019 (today), it has become necessary to inform the general public that intelligence at our disposal, reveals plans from certain quarters not only to heighten smear campaign against our candidate, Mr. Dapo Abiodun but, to also attack his convoy as we move round the state with our teeming supporters.
“We want to let the public know that our campaign organisation, as promised from onset, has continued to run decent and issue-based campaign with zero tolerance for violence.
“We, therefore, find it appalling and alarming that some desperate politicians with their known sponsor and collaborators, are planning devilish acts against a decent candidate who is only offering to use his wealth of experience and established connections in the service of our dear state in order to take Ogun State to greater heights.
“Our schedule of tour was carefully selected and copies of same were sent to the security agencies in advance.”
No cause for alarm -Pokice
Reacting to Abiodun’s allegation, the Police said there was no cause for alarm over any planned attack.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who spoke with Vanguard on the alleged planned attack, said the Police has not been briefed.
Oyeyemi said: “Some of the political parties had signed undertakings with the Police to be peaceful before, during and after the elections.
“We are assuring everybody that Police are on standby to provide security for the people.”