Ahead of the Court of Appeal’s ruling on a petition filed by the Action Congress (AC) gubernatorial candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola against the controversial announcement of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), some members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have started threatening members and supporters of opposition political parties fire and brimstone should the appellate court award victory to the embattled governor.
Recent findings from authoritative sources revealed that mostly affected by the threats, are traders at the Ajegunle Vehicle Spare Parts Market in Osogbo, the state capital, majority of who are Action Congress (AC) supporters.
According to a reliable source, some PDP members, who are also traders in the market have reportedly been going about the market, warning members and supporters of opposition political parties in the market to be ready to pack their goods out of the market, should the court’s judgment ends in Oyinlola’s favour.
The source further stated that the PDP members, who happen to be in the minority have, in recent times, been holding series of meetings on how best to deal with what many of them referred to as the opposition phenomenon.
An impeccable source at one of the meetings revealed to Osun Defender under strict anonymity that the post-judgment era as bordering on dealing with the opposition members, should it favour the PDP, was extensively discussed.
However, knowing the PDP for its antecedents, no one can afford to trivialize the threats, as the members can decide to execute its plans, even if the party fails, emphasized an AC chieftain.
The party chieftain then advised his party members on the need to be watchful and be wary of the PDP as their case could be likened to a warrior that is about to lose a major battle.
Such a warrior, he maintained, would go to any length to ensure anyone coming after him does not have a peaceful tenure.
It would be recalled that the ruling PDP in Osun State has been doing all within its powers to make life difficult for the opposition members in the state, including assassination, harassment and intimidation.
Members and supporters of opposition political parties would not forget in a hurry, how the ruling PDP in the state unleashed violence on them before, during and after the controversial governorship election in April, 2007.
Prominent members of the opposition in the state had also been arrested and detained in various prisons across the state over trumped-up charges bordering on an explosion that rocked the state secretariat at Abere on June 14, 2007.