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Police must investigate ACN's claim that PDP wants to destabilise Ekiti - Oni

By Lere Olayinka
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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni has called on the police and other security agencies in the country to investigate claim by the Action Congress of Nigeria, (ACN), in Ekiti State that members of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) planned to create a state of lawlessness in the state with a view to make the Federal Government declare emergency rule in the State.

The former governor said in a statement issued today by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Lere Olayinka and made available to journalists that; "We cannot continue to run Nigeria like this whereby anybody can just wake up and raise frivolous allegations against fellow Nigerians and the security agencies will do nothing about it."

The ACN had said in a statement entitled: “Unveiled: The Evil Plots of the Opposition” and signed by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Tunde Adeleke, that PDP members “plan to physically attack and if possible, assassinate top members of the government while others would be blackmailed in a well orchestrated plan to cause fear, disaffection and division among top officials of the government.”

Reacting, Oni who described the allegation as an exposure of the criminal mindset of the ACN leaders in Ekiti State said; "In saner climes, the person who made the allegation must be facing interrogation from security agents by now, with a view to substantiate the allegation."

He said if there was any party that has tendency to perpetrate criminal acts, such party was the ACN, adding that; "Even the State Chairman of the party, Jide Awe is facing trial for alleged murder of Ayo Murphy Jeje, his fellow kinsman."

Oni said further; "On Friday, Sept 7, 2012, these same propagandists in the ACN used a phoney group to place a full page advertisement in Tribune and The Nation newspapers, accusing top functionaries of the Federal Government of conspiring with me to destabilise Ekiti State. The advertisement published on Page 9 of the Nigerian Tribune was signed with fictitious names.

"Police investigation later revealed that the advertorial originated from the office of Chief of Staff to Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Yemi Adaramodu and that a Press Officer from the office placed the advertorial and paid for it.

"However, it will interest the general public to know that up till today, no one has been prosecuted by the police for this heinous crime.

"This time around, the police and other security agencies in Ekiti State must be alive to their responsibilities by inviting the ACN's Spokesperson to substantiate the allegation.

“The Ekiti State Police Command is also being reminded that we are awaiting its actions on the advertisement of On Friday, Sept 7, 2012, which is an affront on national security.