Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
A faction of the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, known as the Unity Forum, has written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigeria Armed Forces, alleging threat to the lives of their members.
In the letter titled, ‘Notification of threat to our lives, public peace and request for intervention,’ which was signed by the secretary of the forum, Wasiu Olatunbosun, the forum called on Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces to use his good offices to save their lives from the hands of people they claimed were loyal to the state governor.
The letter said, “We are constrained to direct this letter to Your Excellency because of the urgent need for you to use your good offices as the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces to intervene in the unrelenting threat to the lives of our members and the threat to public peace by individuals and groups who surreptitiously identify themselves as working for Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Governor of Oyo State.
“The series of threat began on Saturday May 5, 2018, when hoodlums invaded the venue of a stakeholders’ meeting of the APC held to deliberate on modalities for the conduct of ward congresses and attacked law-abiding elders and members of the party, including members of the Congress Committee from the national secretariat of the party.
“The threat to our lives has been reported to security agencies in the state. However, it continued unabated. I wish to assert that the members of the group are law-abiding citizens and do not deserve the climate of violence and threat under which they are being made to live.”
However, the Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor on Communication and Strategy, Bolaji Tunji, in his reaction to the letter, said the governor was a law-abiding citizen who would never send anyone to attack people.
He said, “Majority of them are his political sons and he will not harm them. They are whipping up sentiment and attracting attention to themselves. If they have an issue with the APC congresses, they should meet the appeal committee that is already in place.”