The Director General, All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential and Gubernatorial Campaigns Council, in Oyo State, Dr. Isiaka Kolawole, ln Wednesday, said the presidential rally scheduled for Thursday, at Mapo Hall, will hold as planned.
This is just as he accused the state government and the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) of sponsoring riots ostensibly to stop the APC presidential rally.
It would be recalled that the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other leaders of the party were expected in Ibadan, last Thursday, for the presidential rally but the rally was rescheduled due to fuel and naira scarcity crisis .
But Kolawole while addressing a press conference at the APC campaign office, Mokola, Ibadan, on Wednesday, on behalf of other chieftains of the party, accused the state government and PDP of sponsoring hoodlums to truncate the APC presidential campaign rally.
He said plans of some miscreants to disrupt the rally that would be attended by chieftains of the party all over the country would not work, calling on security agencies to prevail on them so as to ensure hitch free rally of the party tomorrow.
He said the nefarious activities of some hoodlums being sponsored by the state government, Peoples’ Democratic Party PDP and their evil agents to cause strife in the state in order to forestall the actualization of the rally would not work.
According to him, “Nobody can stop us from holding the rally tomorrow. The presidential rally of our party, the All Progressives Congress APC scheduled to hold tomorrow the 16th of February, 2023 at Mapo Hall will hold as planned.
“The nefarious activities of some hoodlums being sponsored by the state government, Peoples Democratic Party PDP and their evil agents to cause strife in the state in order to forestall the actualization of the rally would not work.
“We are hereby calling on the security agencies to stop these sponsored protests forthwith and clear all the blocked roads and streets in the interest of the masses of this state. The leaders of PDP and the state government that are orchestrating this evil protest do not mean well for the citizens.
“They are only taking undue advantage of the present situation in the country to cause more hardships for the people to cover their failure and the lackluster performance in the state.”
He maintained that the party was able to establish that some criminal elements sponsored by the state government and the PDP who perpetrated the protests of last week in the state are behind the protests of yesterday, disclosing that the party raised an alarm over the impending planned protests before they broke out on February 5.
He said “We all know that the presidential candidate of our party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is a man of peace, an exemplary leader who is contesting for the presidency in order to make life much better and prosperous for all.
“The Presidential candidate of our party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima will be in Mapo in the ancient city of Ibadan tomorrow to unfold their great plans and programs to the people Oyo State as it is being done in other states.
“The task before us and all well-meaning Nigerians is to ensure that the democratic processes towards holding all the elections are consummated as planned.
” We are ready for the elections and it is already obvious with the massive support of the overwhelming majority of our people, we shall triumph. All our candidates will win convincingly.”
Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan