By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State on Monday, 9th June, 2014 said the violent clash that erupted between the ruling APC and the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, 8th June, 2014 culminating in the death of a supporter was as result of Vice President Namadi Sambo’s promise to wrestle power from APC in the state.
A statement issued by the Osun APC’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi, made available to journalists stated that Architect Sambo during his stay in Ekiti had promised to wage war against Ekiti and Osun with a view to snatching political power in the forthcoming governorship polls in the states.
Describing the action as ‘savage and premeditated,’ the APC said that Vice President Sambo should be held accountable for the dangerous dimension that the political process pre-2015 presidential election has taken.
The statement also revealed that on Sunday, while Sambo was still in Ekiti, the police opened war against APC supporters killing one person and brutally injuring several people.
According to the statement, “this callous and barbaric action of the police mobile unit, under the command of a Bayelsa-born officer, one Gabriel Selekere, signifies the Federal Government opening of a second war front in the southwest part of the country, in addition to the war against Boko Haram in the North.”
The APC said the Ado Ekiti killing of the party supporter kicked off the PDP’s plan to employ maximum force to steal political power in parts of the southwest by force.
The statement reads: “Sambo was in Ekiti to make good his war promise to fight and take power in Ekiti, it is a pity that this architect of a vice president is ignorant of history.
“In all the history of Nigeria’s politics, no federal leader has survived a ‘war’ against Yoruba people.
“Tafawa Balewa is not alive to tell the story of his ‘war’ against Obafemi Awolowo and the West. He fell in 1966.
“Then, Sani Abacha, who wasted many Nigerian lives, himself died fighting against Moshood Abiola and the Yoruba people of the West.
“In an attempt to establish a firm grip over the West in particular and Nigeria in general, Shehu Shagari faked a ‘landslide electoral victory’ in 1983. Then a ‘gunslide’ followed as predicted by Gen Theophilus Danjuma. The President was lucky to survive it but he lost power.
“The APC wants to make it clear that the PDP can only come to power in Ekiti and Osun states, swimming in the blood of Yoruba people. But there will be terrible consequencies much greater than those of the war against Boko Haram. The country can unravel.
“If this incident continues, it will spell doom for the Jonathan presidency and the whole country”.
The APC therefore cautioned the President and his Vice that the police was not established to kill citizens but to protect them.