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APC, group differ over violence in Osun

Gov. Aregbesola

Gov. Aregbesola

Osun state chapter of All Progressives Congress {APC} and the Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State {CSCEOS} have disagreed over the recent spate of violence unleashed on perceived opponents of the current administration in the state.

The APC in a statement by the party’s chairman, Prince Gboyega Famoodun noted recent reported attacks on innocent citizens in the state credited to supporters of the government was a calculated attempt to demonise governor Aregbesola .

But the coalition has faulted the APC’s claim alleging that the organised attacks were rather intended to stifle opponents of the administration who are supporting a petition by a serving judge in the state, Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede who called for investigation and removal of Aredgbesola over alleged mismanagement of the state resources.

APC had in the statement drew attention of Nigerians to what it called ‘’devious orchestration of series of allegations all targeted at demonizing the Governor of the State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’’.

The party in its reaction to media reports on the violence in Osogbo, the Osun state capital said available facts indicate that there was no concrete evidence to link the state government with the attacks.

Famodun said party’s investigation in respect of an attack launched on newspapers’ readers last week in Osogbo showed that the development was a fight between two people at newspapers stand which later degenerated into street fight between supporters of the duo.

His words, “We have since found out that the fight between these people and their friends led to the tearing of newspapers belonging to one of them who operates the newsstand, who is called Kazeem.

“Therefore, how can you link this to the government or the Governor of Osun?

However, we learnt that the fight got to the knowledge of the group calling itself Coalition of Civil Society Organisation for the Emancipation of Osun, which organized the Tuesday failed rally against the government. They were the ones who thereafter saw an opportunity in this and felt it would make good news and help their campaigns of calumny to link the fight to the government.

He said there was no way about 40 suspected thugs would have carried out an attack at the newspapers stand without the attention of law enforcement agents in the state drwn to it.

’It should be noted that the scene of the alleged attack, which is opposite the Old Governors Office Osogbo, is just about a kilometer to the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, Osun Command less than 300 metres to the popular Olaiya Junction where one of the Police Armoured Personnel Carriers of the state is stationed. It is equally less than 400 metres away from the Directorate of State Security (DSS) office in Osogbo.”

The APC chairman said the group’s call to President Muhammadu Buhari to call Aregbesola to order over the attack was calculated at tarnishing the image of the Governor.

However, in a swift response to the APC’s statement, the coalition said the attacks were targeted at the group and others who have been critical about the current administration following a petition by the judge seeking the removal of the state governor.

‘’The recent series of attacks on anti-Aregbesola groups, including retirees, civil servants, rights activists and host of others in Osun state are parts of the efforts by the state government to silent opposition’’, the coalition said.

In a statement by the chairman of the group, Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman,the group dismissed the claim by the APC alleging the violent conducts was a calculated agenda by the government to terrorizing the people of the state over government inability to pay workers salaries and pension.

Sulaiman, who frowned at the crude tactics by the government, said the development portrays the administration as averse to criticisms adding there could not be good governance without viable opposition.

He reiterated his call to law enforcement agents in the state to fish out the perpetrators of violent acts in the state without further dely.

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