The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has scoffed at the allegation by the State’s spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adebayo Jackson, suggesting that the attack on him by an armed gang in Ado-Ekiti last weekend was carried out by the APC.
Jackson had claimed in a press statement that he was attacked by armed men, who shot into the air, wounded him on the head and took away his phones, accusing the opposition APC as the brain behind the attack.
But APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, denied the charge, accusing Jackson of “grandeur of delusion by over-exaggerating his importance in a state that the administration he serves has turned into a jungle at the mercy of criminals quartered in the Government House. We sympathise with Jackson if it is true that he was attacked but we have our doubts.
“Who is Jackson and what has he said that would warrant the Presidency to go after him when his master has been ignored? Which church was he going at that hour of the night? Our findings shows he was on the street till 11pm and everybody knows Jackson as a drunkard and an incurable night crawler who should not be taken serious. Jackson is such a political fry to attract the attention of the Presidency. We call on the security agents to investigate Jackson for lying to the public.”
Olatunbosun said the party wouldn’t have responded to the “senseless” allegation, but for the unsuspecting members of the public who did not understand how Governor Ayodele Fayose’s government operates while planning to stoke violence and blame it on the opposition.
Accusing Jackson of engaging in falsehood for “undeserved public sympathy”, Olatunbosun said his allegation was the first ever assassination mission where the assassins gained “complete advantage” over their victim but only succeeded in stealing his phones and saving their bullets to spare the victim’s life.
He said: “This is a ridiculous allegation by the spokesman of a party that has no shame in recklessly lying to the public and has made indiscretion and promotion of violence a deliberate policy in the governance process.
“We had written several petitions to the security agencies pointing their attention to the killers squad quartered in the Government House with specific responsibility to attack opposition members.
“Our worries grew when it was revealed that their sponsor had abandoned them to their fate to suffer in hunger, which predictably led to the upsurge in violent crimes across the state by these hoodlums to survive, which also forced APC to write another reminder to the security agencies to save Ekiti people.
“We are not surprised that PDP is making this ridiculous and reckless allegation because the man at the helm of affairs of the party is an unconscionable and incorrigible liar with uncanny capacity to pull stunts and stoke violence.
“Unfortunately, this reprehensible conduct has crept into the ranks and file of the party, believing that such irresponsible behaviour is what is needed to steal into the hearts of Ekiti people already in pains over fraudulent administration that has made life a nightmare for the people.”
Even as the party condemned linking the Presidency with the matter, Olatunbosun also took a swipe at the allegation by the factional state Chairman of the PDP, Gboyega Oguntuase, that APC members were involved in the assassination of the drivers’ union leader, the late Omolafe Aderiye, saying such allegation was a distraction to mislead the public on the circumstances that led to the murder of the late union leader.
He said: “The Presidency should not be drafted into this matter. This is a criminal misinformation to further mislead the public and security agencies on the circumstance of Omolafe’s murder because Ekiti people have not forgotten that the only witness to the murder, who was also Omolafe’s personal assistant, Gbolahan Okeowo, went to court to swear to an affidavit that he was forced to implicate APC members by Fayose’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ajayi Owoseni, and Lere Olayinka, after tearing the first statement he wrote to be submitted to the police that did not implicate the APC members.
“Awe was never in his town on the day of violence that led to the death of one man in Erijiyan, but just to take him out of circuilation, he was implicated by PDP and assisted by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to punish an innocent man for the offence he did not commit.
“The same fate befell four other APC members who have been in jail for about two years now for the offence they did not commit.”
Olatunbosun said no distraction through brazen lies would protect the PDP leaders from facing the law after they had been fingered in several criminal cases pending in courts and the fresh ones that are waiting to be preferred against them.
He said: “We won’t join issues with Jackson but we call on security agencies to stop any attempt by Fayose to attack the opposition as it is his usual style to always prepare the ground for such attack with the bogus claim by Adebayo who is playing the game of his master, Fayose and the security agents must investigate him for lying.”