The All Progressive Congress governorship candidate in Oyo State, Chief Bayo Adelabu has reacted to a statement credited to the candidate of African Democratic Congress, ADC, though Friends of Bayo (FOBA), and it read thus:
‘Adelabu, Apostle of Peace’
Our attention has been drawn to a spurious request by ‘Handshake Campaign Organisation’ on behalf of the gubernatorial candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Senator Olufemi Lanlehin calling for the immediate arrest of Chief Adebayo Adelabu over the unfortunate incident that took place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 during a campaign rally at Igbo Ora.
While we don’t consider it appropriate to trade words over the loss of innocent lives, we consider it expedient to put the record straight in order not to allow some opportunistic politicians, desperate for votes, to take undue advantage of.
The incident at Igbo Ora was not the making of Chief Adelabu and it is wicked for anyone to link him directly or indirectly to the death of those who lost their lives.
From every indication, Chief Adelabu was the target of attack by those who orchestrated the unfortunate incident, which left several members of APC sustaining various degrees of injury.
But for providence two assailants who made spirited attempt to harm Chief Adelabu would have succeeded and if they had, only God knows what those calling for his arrest would be saying now.
How would Chief Adelabu as the chairman of Oyo State Security Trust Fund and who has invested his resources, energy and time to ensure that the state enjoys peace in the last two years turn around to promote violence?
It is on record that the APC gubernatorial hopeful has run the most organised, most visible and most robust campaign out of all the candidates for this year’s election.
This is attested to by the numerous roadshows that he has undertaken, which have been widely accepted by the good people of Oyo State.
Chief Adelabu had condemned the recourse to violence and he has called on the Oyo State Police Commissioner and the state government to ensure adequate security protection for all the candidates standing for the elections.
We seize this opportunity to call on the Police high command to carry out diligent investigation into the incident at Igbo Ora, the attack on Engr. Oluseyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) at Ojoo area of Ibadan and the stoning of our candidate’s campaign train at Moniya on Monday.
We call on the ADC and its co-travelers to look elsewhere for the justification of their imminent failure in the March 2 gubernatorial election in Oyo State.
Dr. Bayo Busari
For: Friends of Bayo Adelabu (FOBA)