The Chairman of the caucus group under the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun State, The Osun Progressives (TOP) Elder ‘Lowo Adebiyi has condemned the insinuation making the round that member of the APC Appeal Committee was attacked at the party secretariat in Osogbo.
According to the TOP Chairman in a press statement issued and made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Saturday, “my attention has been drawn to a malicious statement and photograph being circulated by some unscrupulous persons serving in the Government of Governor Gboyega Oyetola claiming that I Elder ‘Lowo Adebiyi, led some thugs to attack members of the Appeal Committee sent by the All Progressive Congress from the headquarters of the party to look into the issues bordering on the last ward congress in Osun.
“For the avoidance of doubt, thousands of very loyal and committed APC members today (Saturday) stormed Osogbo, the state capital and the secretariat of our party to register their protests over the last ward congress which was held two weeks ago and to submit their petitions ward by ward to the committee”.
The statement said further that, ” they were also there to let the Appeal Committee be aware that the so-called Consensus arrangement which Governor Oyetola and Prince Famodun and their cohorts opted for was their own arrangement and not those of the majority of our party members in the state.
“Where did the issue of leading thugs to attack Appeal Committee members arise? What those spreading that propaganda wanted to hide is the fact that the thugs they sent to threaten thousands of the APC members who were at the secretariat were promptly overpowered and they had to flee when they realized that the job they were sent to do was an impossible one.
” I read online, a malicious statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode that I, Reverend Adelowo Adebiyi, led thugs to attack Ward Congress Appeal Committee members.
“May I state categorically that I didn’t and couldn’t have led thugs to attack anybody, how much more, the body that is legally sent from our National Secretariat to sort crisis deliberately caused by the government she serves to destabilise our party, the APC.
” It is quite unfortunate that the commissioner decided to lie publicly in order to cover the iniquity being committed by the government she serves.
“The person whose picture she displayed holds an IleriOluwa cap, does it mean the man is an acolyte of Governor Oyetola and at the same time a committee member?
” What happened was that the party members that came to submit their petition were well organised and well behaved. But we were all taken aback when thugs of IleriOluwa, a faction of APC in the state sponsored by the governor came out of nowhere and decided to attack them”.
Elder Adebiyi thereby challenge those behind the misleading statement and photograph in circulation to name the particular Appeal Committee member who was attacked.
“As for us, we are determined to ensure that this party is not allowed to sink the way the Oyetola and his co-travelers are going.
“I hereby call on all well-meaning and right-thinking Nigerians and media houses to disregard the poorly executed propaganda for that is what it is” Elder Adebiyi concluded.