By Nofisat Adeoye
The State of Osun chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress has debunked reports circulating on online media that while two people died, scores were also injured at the party’s secretariat, Ogo Oluwa area in Osogbo, the state capital.
According to the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, who spoke to our correspondent on phone, said the online stories are fabricated lies.
Though the party admitted that there was unruly behaviour by some people who felt unhappy about the outcome of the primaries, it stated that it was not the true reflection of what happened as presented in the media.
The party noted that the aggrieved members of the party left the secretariat after they had “satisfied” themselves.
It was reported that some members who apparently, are not satisfied with the ward congress of the party in some local governments, went to the Secretariat to protest peacefully.
The aggrieved members were said to have been prevented from entering the Secretariat by securities, thus causing chaos.
Oyatomi, however, debunked this. According to him, “it was a mere protest by some party members. It was Ife South, East and Boripe local governments. They came to just protest the announcement of local government, ward congresses in their areas.
“You know that people who did not win would want to say they cheated them and we are very transparent about everything we did at the party Secretariat. People are going about their businesses. So, it is a lie that anybody died.”
On what the party has done to the issue of the aggrieved members, Oyatomi said “we have addressed every issue that was brought to our notice.”
Denying that some people were injured, Oyatomi said “I don’t know about injured, because, if anybody is injured, there will be issue of taking people to the hospital, and there is nothing like that. May be they were injured outside and they are claiming to be injured at the Secretariat, I don’t know about that and it didn’t happen anyway. “