Smelling possible defeat at the Appeal Court next Monday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osun State chapter, has been caught in a fresh plot to unleash violence in accompaniment of such verdict next week.
Investigations conducted by OSUN DEFENDER has uncovered the sinister plot on Sunday night.
It would be recalled that 22 PDP members were arrested outside the court premises in Ibadan, Oyo State for political thuggery and disturbance of peace, penultimate week, while the appellant, Osun State Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, PDP candidate, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and the police were making their final submissions.
Findings revealed that the moment the news filtered through some PDP members inside the court room to the suspected sponsored thugs, that the court had finally admitted the consolidated appeals, which included forensic evidence, physical examination of sensitive election materials, police security report and other documentary evidences; they (thugs) wasted no time in unleashing a full scale violence against some supporters of AC outside the court premises.
Checks showed that the fear so sent jitter into the spines of the PDP leadership, that they quickly disposed all arsenals of propaganda, including radio and television news to change the tune of the proceedings of the court, until the newspapers’ reports laid the matter to rest.
However, in anticipation of any eventuality at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, some powerful politicians within the PDP fold have resumed unlimited nocturnal meetings with their boys and mercenaries, on the need to carry out a reprissal attack on 30 March, 2009 against some AC leaders and supporters.
OSUN DEFENDER authoritatively gathered that some PDP chieftains met their mercenaries at a hotel located along Osogbo-Ilobu road owned by one of the sacked council chairmen, and according to a reliable source, they have perfected plans on how to massacre the opposition, destroy properties, with a view to instigating violence, that may compel the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency, should the court turn the judicial table against their paymaster.
It was learnt that some leaders of AC have been marked for elimination, while some were marked for torture, before razing their properties.
Information has it that huge cash has been earmarked for the mobilization of thugs, while a party chieftain has been commissioned to supply ‘marijuana’ and other logisics that would further push the thugs to work.
Speaking on the development, a PDP stalwart in the state, who pleaded anonymity for security reasons confided in OSUN DEFENDER on the plot, saying that a caucus within the state PDP had resolved that head or tail, the opposition leaders must be punished for their bravery to challenge them (PDP).
All efforts to speak with the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) proved abortive, as none of his available telephone lines went through.
However, the state AC Director of Research and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere, who was sounded out on the matter, stated that the embattled ruling PDP should know that there was no monopoly of violence.
“We have heard something similar to that about the sinister plan of the PDP leaders in our state to stir violence on Monday, but let it be known to them that the masses of our people would be mobilized to suppress the plot, and it should be known loud and clear that nobody or party has monopoly of violence,” Akere spoke via a telephone conversation.
By GOKE BUTIKA