REVERBERATING the circumstances that led to the assassination of the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, the National Chairman of Action Congress (AC), Chief Bisi Akande has alleged that some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains, who were uncomfortable with the progress of AC in the South-West geo-political zone of Nigeria have perfected plans to assassinate some leaders of the party, particularly, the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
In a statement titled: ‘Note of Warning’, signed by Chief Akande and made available to OSUN DEFENDER, at the zonal conference of the party, held at Premier Hotel, Ibadan, Oyo State on Friday, the aim of the yet-to-be-identified PDP chieftains behind the plot, was to distract the AC supporters and leaders from concentrating on the forthcoming rerun governorship election in Ekiti State.
It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal that sat over the petition of Ekiti AC governorship standard bearer, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, had earlier cancelled the 14 April 2007 governorship election that was purportedly won by the ousted Governor Segun Oni and ordered a rerun poll within 90 days.
It was learnt that Oni’s removal further boosted AC’s chance, that has engaged the PDP in a battle of wit for two years over the governorship mandate, which the ousted governor laid claim to, a situation that has obviously threatened the chance of the PDP to reclaim the state.
Investigation has shown that several bloody clashes have been recorded with a lot of casualties on their trail, while the AC supporters had been worst hit, as a result of suspected alliance between the Police Commissioner, Chris Ola and the PDP.
According to the AC National Chairman, the popularity of AC in the state, said to be strategic to both parties, has started giving sleepless nights to the Federal Government-controlled PDP, a situation that has reportedly compelled some PDP leaders to fall back to their drawing board, mapping out strategies to embarrass before assassinating TInubu and others.
“It is now becoming palpable that the PDP has trepidation about the on-going efforts of AC to reclaim all the stolen mandates of 2007 elections- particularly from the South-West Nigeria.
“It is suspected that a PDP group is now meeting and seriously conspiring to assassinate certain AC leaders in the region particularly Bola Tinubu – who they now consider to have become a swollen pain in their neck for their fraudulent onslaught for the soul of the South-West of Nigeria” Akande said.
Nigerians were therefore told to take this allegation very seriously because the PDP, which was once described as ‘ A Nest of murderers’ by Professor Wole Soyinka, was strongly suspected to have conspired with the backing of the then Federal Government to assassinate Bola Ige, when they were desperate to capture the government of the South-West from the Alliance for Democracy (AD) sometimes ago.
It was revealed further that efforts were on top gear to draw up trumped-up charges against Tinubu, with a view to setting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the former Lagos governor, so as to distract his attention from the current electioneering campaign in Ekiti State, and to make his proposed detention an issue that would divert the attention of his party leaders and civil societies from the fast-approaching rerun poll: a situation that may pave way for massive rigging that may return the ousted governor back to power.
OSUN DEFENDER learnt that the Osun State AC governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola was on the suspected PDP hit list, as it was said that the Ijesa-born politician was marked as the chief strategist behind his Ekiti State counterpart.
An authoritative source revealed that one of the incumbent governors in the South-West zone, who has tasted a political bloody nose from Aregbesola, reportedly hinged that elimination of Tiunbu was meaningless with Aregbesola alive, saying that the former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Lagos State is Tinubu’s chief strategist in the zone, submitting that Tinubu should be embarrassed with the instrumentality of the EFCC, while Aregbesola should be eliminated.
Confirming the plot, the AC National Chairman reiterated,” their desperation, this time is about the Ekiti State governorship rerun now slated for April 25. 2009. Their (PDP) intention is to destabilize and distract AC leaders and followers from concentrating on the organization and mobilization against their rigging tactics at the election”.
According to him, “one of their original plans was to prevail on Mrs Farida Waziri and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC) to chain Tinubu for a while on some trumped-up charges, with a view to embarrassing him, throwing AC of- balance and distracting our followers from the election efforts”
More so, OSUN DEFENDER has uncovered a fresh plan to assassinate the former governor of Ekiti State too, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, by some suspected elements within the PDP, who were also threatened by the support of the politician for the AC candidate, but the details of the plan remained unfolded as at the time of filing this story.
Responding, Tinubu, who addressed the AC South-West zonal conference in Ibadan on Friday, said that he was not afraid of the PDP’s plan, saying that the battle by the progressives to reclaim the region was total, maintaining that the only fear is fear itself.
“I know about the plans, I know why they are planning against me and our leaders in AC, but I don’t fear them and l want to say this to them categorically that we will be waiting for them”, said the former Lagos State helmsman.
Speaking with OSUN DEFENDER in an interview, Aregbesola said that he has always been a subject of assassination for the PDP and particularly the embattled governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, saying that he had never lost a sleep over the evil plot.
“ God has always been there for me and I know very sure that l am a mark to them because they (PDP) could not comprehend my political novelty and they (PDP) think that elimination by substitution was the only way; they will fail, they have failed severally and they will continue to fail”, Aregbesola emphasized.
By GOKE BUTIKA