The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kwara state chapter, has raised the alarm over alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to implicate some of its members ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Ilorin on Monday.
The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Tunde Ashaolu disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
He said the party has uncovered a sinister plot by the APC stalwarts to distribute PDP vests that they have printed and distribute to some hoodlums who have been hired to unleash terror on innocent residents.
According to him, the plan is to create the erroneous impression that the perpetrators of the planned attack on residents are PDP members.
The statement reads: “As you are all aware, the President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to visit Kwara state on Monday in furtherance of his campaign tour of the country.
“However, we want to draw the attention of the public to plot by members of the opposition All Progressives Congress(APC) in the state to rope and get prominent members of our party arrested on trumped up charges before the date of Mr President’s visit to the state.
“Information at our disposal indicates that APC stalwarts have concluded plans to distribute vests with PDP inscriptions to some thugs hired to unleash terror on innocent residents.
“Top on the list of our party’s leaders pencilled down for illegal arrest are the north and central senatorial chairmen of the PDP, Alhaji Isiaka Oniwa and Alhaji Jimoh Adesina respectively. Others include the Director General of the Mandate ABS Constituency Office, Ilorin, Alhaji Musa Abdullahi, Mr Taju Alabi, Alhaji Oba Ajara, Alhaji Alfa Dembo, Barr. Lanre Daibu, Hon. Isiaka Magaji, Alhaja Sarat Adebayo, among others.
“We want the whole world to know that none of our members has been slated for arrest prior to Mr President’s visit. None of them has committed any offence known to the law which could precipitate their arrest. Leaders and members of our party are peace loving and law abiding citizens who can not hurt a fly let a whole President of the country.
“Our party is also peaceful unlike the factionalised state APC. If there is anyone that will want to foment trouble during the President’s impending visit, such persons should be searched for within the fold of the factionalised and troubled APC.
“As at today, the discontentment that greeted the APC’s gubernatorial primaries in the state is still festering. The situation is that the APC parades two governorship candidates produced by two different executive committees of the party.
“The story is the same for every other elective position in the party for this forthcoming elections.’”