Don’t plunge Ogun into violence, PDP, Labour Party tell APC clashes

Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The opposition parties call for federal government’s intervention.

The Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday urged the state All Progressives Congress, APC, to stop the reign of terror and violence in the state.

The opposition party was reacting to the spate of violence that has trailed the various activities of the APC in the state – the most recent of which occurred on Thursday and led to eight people being shot.

A statement by the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Waliu Oladipupo, asked the APC not to plunge the state and the whole of the South West into another round of avoidable crisis and bloodletting.

“We are shocked at the violence over mere party membership registration and/or drive. If this level of desperation could be shown in intra-party wrangling, only God knows what would happen during the primaries and elections proper. As we have stated earlier, these incidents portend an ominous sign of the grave dangers ahead of our dear state, especially as the 2015 general election approaches,” the PDP said. “We are particularly disturbed that the aggressors are said to be those that are supposed to ensure the welfare, safety and security of the people. This is highly reprehensible and condemnable.”

The Ogun PDP noted that the ambition of any politician was not worth the blood of any Nigerian and called on the Federal Government and relevant security agencies to take proactive steps to stop the violence.

“We sympathise with the long-suffering people of Ogun State who have been at the receiving end of the heartless APC-led government, just as we assure them that this phase shall pass. They should remain strong and focused. Together, we shall liberate our dear state from the claws of intolerant politicians whose notoriety for violence is legendary,” the PDP said.

In his reaction, the Labour Party, LP, governorship aspirant, Gboyega Isiaka, pointed out that violent clashes within the APC painted a poor picture of what the people of the state should expect during the general elections in 2015.

“Clearly, Ogun state is under the siege of a totalitarian regime. We are using this medium to humbly call on His Excellency, President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the Inspector General of Police, the Director of the State Security Service and other relevant security agencies to intervene in the worsening security situation in Ogun State where the freedom of the people have not only been subverted but also fear for the safety of their lives,” Mr. Isiaka stated. “We commiserate with the shot policemen and other innocent residents of Ewekoro while wishing them quick recovery. Finally, these incidences are highly condemnable and we demand from Mr. Governor an immediate stop to all these orgy of violence.”

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