The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation has alerted of threats to the life of one of its members, Rotimi Fashakin, by persons it said are linked to the President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation.
The campaign’s Directorate of Media and Publicity of the APCPCO, in a statement signed its head, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday said the threats on Mr. Fashakin were sent via SMS messages from the same phone line – 08173716604 – on Sunday, March 15 at 6:09pm and 6.17pm.
The organisation said the first SMS at 6:09pm reads: “Mr. ICT expert, your plan on our man Kayode may cost your life. we have been told of all your plans and if dare it, is a risk of your life and that of your family.”
It said Mr. Fashakin, spokesperson of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change, also received a second SMS at 6:17pm which reads, “Don’t say you are not warned, we are following you, we are waiting to see anything funny about our man on the social media. You bastard, watch your back.”
It said that it was not taking the threats seriously considering the extreme show of desperation by the Jonathan regime.
“Indeed, this struggle to wrest Nigeria from the hands of the Jackals has now taken a dangerous bend. With victory in sight for General Muhammadu Buhari and the APC, the reactionary elements are now threatening our lives,” the APCPCO said.
“We dare say, nothing can truncate our destiny without the permission of the Almighty God. We remain unfazed in our charted course of rescuing Nigeria from her perilous governance!
“This is to inform the good people of Nigeria that Jonathan’s goons are now on the prowl. However, we believe that, with the support of the Nigerian people, victory is assured at the elections on 28th March, 2015 and 11th April, 2015.
Mr. Fashakin, who confirmed the threat to his life in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, said he had not offended anybody that should warrant such a threat.
“It is left for Nigerians to be praying for me,” he said adding that the Jonathan administration had become jittery because the progressives were going to win the election.
In February, Mr. Shehu himself had raised the alarm that his residence was under police siege.
His house in Abuja was reportedly surrounded by armed policemen thus preventing him from attending mosque.
Last week, a national leader of the APC and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, also alleged that the Presidency and the PDP were planning to assassinate him before the election.
Mr. Tinubu had earlier in the year said his private residence along Bourdillon Road was placed on surveillance for three days.