The Osun Progressives (TOP), a caucus of the Osun All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the alleged attacks on two of its members during the group’s parallel congress on Saturday as unprovoked and showed desperation on the part of the State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola to lord himself on members of the party.
The caucus also described it as a reflection of the weakness of his political structure to withstand pressure which is a part and parcel of politicking.
According to a statement made available by the group’s Chairman, Adelowo Adebiyi which was obtained by DAILY POST on Sunday, the attack on the APC members who belonged to The Osun Progressives during the parallel congress marked the sixth episode of such brutal attacks.
While he claiming that the attacks have been sponsored by the state government to intimidate members of the party, Adebiyi noted that any discerning mind will see the deceit by which the governor has been handling the simple call for the rejuvenation of APC with the regularity of attacks on The Osun Progressives members.
According to him, “It would be recalled that the Oyetola government had maliciously arraigned seven leaders of TOP at an Osogbo Magistrate Court when in actual fact, they were the one who sponsored thugs to attack members of the party who came to submit petition to the Ward Congress Appeal Committee.
“We note the partiality of some security agencies in Osun as they keep looking the other way whenever attack is carried out on the TOP Members. We know that they are acting the script of Oyetola.
“We call again, as patriotic members of APC, on President Muhammadu Buhari and National Caretaker Committee of the party to intervene in the Osun APC matter.
“The national heads of security agencies also need to curb the growing violence by the Oyetola led government thugs.”
Two members of the APC, Adedapo Atobatele and Ismail Akinyede were on Saturday directly shot on the leg and hand by thugs.
The thugs had invaded the premises of the State Congress venue with about eight vehicles.
Some of them had lurked around in a street behind the venue and they started shooting in an attempt to disrupt the congress but the officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps repelled the attack and chased the hoodlums away.