Osun Poll: APC spokesman, Lai Mohammed and other chieftains arrested

Lai Mohammed

RECENT, the APC had alleged the Nigeria electoral body INEC and Peoples Democratic party, PDP of planning to rig today’s election.

Meanwhile, there were accusations and counter-accusations by the All
Progressives Congress, APC, and the Nigeria Police over a major
clamp down on leaders of the APC by security operatives.

The APC alleged that a “clamp down and shooting spree around
the homes of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) began
at nightfall on Friday when armed and masked security agents
surrounded and invaded their homes with sporadic shootings to
terrorise their households and neighbours.”
But in a swift reaction, the Police authorities refuted the claims
made by the party.

The party also said the “home of Senator Bayo Salami was
invaded by armed soldiers and security agents at midnight while
the country home of the first civilian Governor of Osun State, Alhaji
Isiaka Adeleke was not spared of the invasion.

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The gate of Salami’s house was forced open by the hooded
security agents who fired sporadically to gain entrance into the
sprawling compound to arrest him.”

According to the party, “the National Publicity Secretary of APC,
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the State Secretary of APC, Prince Gboyega
Famoodun were also arrested by the armed soldiers.

Already, the State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Culture and
Tourism, Alhaji Sikiru Adetona Ayedun, the Commissioner for
Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Wale Adedoyin, the Executive
Secretary of Osogbo Local Government, Mr. Isiaka Faramade, the
House of Assembly member representing Obokun and Ilesa State
Constituencies, Hon. Femi Fafiyebi and Folarin Fafowora have all
been arrested by armed soldiers and hooded security agents from
their homes on Friday night.”

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“APC agents in Ifelodun and Ede South Local Governments have
been arrested at the time of distribution of election materials by
officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
while those of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were
excluded. The Ede South Local Government chairman of APC,
Alhaji Surajudeed Opalola was also arrested by the security agents
who were led by by the Youth Leader of PDP in the council
Also arrested and whisked to the office of the the DSS was
Mr. Sunday Dare a communication expert”, the party stated.

Spokesman of the APC, Kunle Oyatomi, in a swift reaction, said the
wave of arrests and intimidation would further deepen the defeat of

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“It is a shame this is happening. This is democracy and our people
are resolute on electing the leader they can trust,” Oyatomi said.
But efforts to reach the APC’s spokesperson, Alhaji Mohammed
proved abortive as his number was not available.

When Police hotline for the Osun governorship election was contacted, the operator said “it is not true.
That information is false, nobody was arrested.”