The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Wednesday said it had uncover, “another heinous plan” by an opposition political party, to use students of Osun State-owned tertiary institutions to storm Osogbo and other major towns around the state, to stage violent protests and cause mayhem.
The party said the plan was aimed at destabilising the programmes of the current administration in the state, thereby warning the students and other peace-loving people in the state to stay clear of the plan.
Osun State ACN acting Chairman, Elder Adelowo Adebiyi, in a statement signed in Osogbo and made available to newsmen, alleged that the meeting to carry out the violent protest was held at the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in Osun.
The party also alleged that at the meeting, “The ill-intentioned conveners made available huge sums of money to the students, to mobilise and transport them to engage in the act of brazen lawlessness and disregard for the rule of law.”
The statement reads; “The ACN is not unaware of details of the planned mayhem, designed to serve as pretence for the declaration of a state of emergency, to suit their roller-coaster approach of undermining the peace-seeking and people-centered administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.”
“This is another chapter in the book of infamy, which was opened by disgruntled politicians, who are still licking their wounds since the restoration of Governor Aregbesola’s mandate by the Court of Appeal on November 26, 2010.”
The party therefore called on all law enforcement agents, to be on alert and nip the crisis in the bud before the failed political operators subject the state to the horror of regrettable infamy.
They also warned the opposition party not to undermine the current administration by abusing the hands of fellowship extended to them by the governor, saying, “any attempt by anyone to obstruct the rule of law, shall henceforth be visited with the due weight of the law.”
ACN also advised parents and guardians, to appeal to their wards not to allow themselves to be used as tools of anarchy, disorder and mayhem.
“Those behind the plan were those who kept their own children away from prying-eyes of the public and attract other people’s children with their ill-gotten wealth, to pursue a doomed agenda. The people of Osun State abhor violence in all ramifications. That was why they preferred the ACN to others in the 2007 and 2011 general elections,” the party said.