OSUN State All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to use Israeli snipers to assassinate Governor Rauf Aregbesola during his campaign rally.
The party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, accused two chieftains of PDP as the masterminds of the plot.
The APC urged the Israeli Embassy to check on its citizens, who might have been contracted “to nip the evil in the bud” before the Middle East country gets itself negatively involved in an explosive situation in Nigeria that could affect relationship between the two countries.”
It also called on elders not to fold their arms and watch the PDP set Nigeria ablaze, since, according to APC, “that is what assassination of Aregbesola would spontaneously cause.”
The APC said PDP sources informed it that “there is great consternation within the party that for as long as Aregbesola is present and visible, there is no way the PDP can rig the election. So, their last option to ‘win’, according to sources, is to take out completely the governor.
The APC recalled that it had alerted Nigerians and the international community to PDP’s plans to militarise the state one week to the election and terrorise the APC leadership and assassinate some of them.
“We also alerted the nation that the PDP has brought into Osun, fake police and army uniforms which their thugs will use to terrorise voters at polling units and possibly snatch ballot boxes.”
Also yesterday, the APC said that “lying is a trademark of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from top to bottom.”
The party was reacting to a statement credited to PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, that “while its candidate and members had been campaigning and seeking the support of the people, the APC had been engaging in political gallivanting, rigmarole and ineffective propaganda…”
But, in a reaction to the alleged murder plot, the governorship candidate of the PDP, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has denied the allegation.
Omisore, who spoke through his Director of Media, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said he would not want Aregbesola dead, but alive to congratulate him after he might have defeated him at the poll.
Omisore said he was sad that what pre-occupied Aregbesola and APC were not serious issues, but allegations.
He advised the APC and Aregbesola to focus on development issues instead of “unsubstantiated” allegations.