The All Progressives Congress in Osun state on Monday called on the police, Directorate of State Security and other security agencies to keep a good watch on the Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate of the party in 2014 election, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
This was as the Nigeria Labour Congress, Osun said it has dissociated itself from the protests saying those behind the proposed protests are on their own selfish agenda.
The party said it was sure Omisore and PDP are behind a plot to create mayhem as part of the plans to bring down the Rauf Aregbesola administration.
This was just as a group called Civil Societies’ Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEO) said it was planning a protest in Osogbo, the state capital to remove Aregbesola from office.
The Osun APC, in a statement by the Director of Media and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, said it was aware of plans by a group of profiteers who are being sponsored by Omisore and his party to unleash violence on the state using the issue of workers’ salaries as camouflage.
The party said, “Specifically we must alert the whole world to a threat issued by Omisore on June 14 this year at the secretariat of the PDP in Osogbo where he promised members of his party that he was prepared to make this state ungovernable for Governor Rauf Aregesola.
“We are therefore certain that the whole crisis being orchestrated in the state is to criminally (treason) seek to get what the entire people of Osun had denied him through a democratic process on August 9, 2014. This was his resolution after the Supreme Court decision which finally sealed his ambition through a pronouncement on May 27, this year.
“We are using this medium to inform members of the public and the media to be wary of activities of this set of opportunists who are the real profiteers behind the undeserved focus on Osun among the more than 20 states that are currently facing salary challenges.
The coalition group which claimed it is gathering over .5 million people across Osun State for anti-Aregbesola rally on Tuesday, July 7, said the minimum they rdemand is the removal of the governor.
The group’s Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Sulaiman Alimi gave the names of association ready for the rally as The Voices, KIMPACT, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, Grassroot Democratic Network, Christian Initiative for Nation Building, Christian Leadership Mobilisation and Better Future Initiative.
Others are Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Justice, Development and Peace Commission Movement (JDPCM), Positive Movement, Good Governance Support Group, Democratic Socialist Movement and Conference of National Political Parties (CNPP).
Alimi explained that over three petitions including the one sent by a state serving judge, Justice Folaranmi Oloyede calling for Aregbesola’s probe and impeachment are presently before members of the state House of Assembly and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
“Our demand is nothing but the removal of Ogbeni Aregbesola. If a chieftain of his party and indeed a former National Chairman of APC and a one-time governor of Osun state, Chief Adebisi Akande can declare that 24-year old Osun is not viable under Aregbesola, then, we are of the view that the man at the helm of affairs should quit”, he stated.
However, the Nigeria Politics Online gathered that one of the organisations listed as a member of the coalition, the Justice Development and Peace Commission, JDPC, said its name is only being used without its knowledge.
As at the time of filing this report, the NLC chairman in the state, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, said the NLC is embarrased by the proposed protests, saying “We dont know anything about it. We have been having discussions with the government and we are very hopeful that these will yield good result. So, we can tell you that that protests, if they embark on it, is not for the workers but for the interests of the politicians.”