Popular Yoruba actress and PDP candidate contesting for a seat in the Oyo State House of Assembly, Funke Adesiyan, on Tuesday said that the Monday demonstration by members of the Coalition of Concerned Nigerians (CCN) and the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) was peaceful and devoid of violence as widely reported.
In a BBM group chat, Adesiyan said:“Good morning Parliamentarians, I was part of the walk by Coalition of Concerned Nigerians (CCN) led by Otunba Gani Adams,”.
The actress, who is running for the Ibadan South-East Constituency under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the protest was not politically motivated and not sponsored by anybody.
She said: “We are only asking for an explanation on the allegation against Prof. Jega saying that under-age youths were registered to vote in the north. We say NO to postponement of elections because of shortage in PVC collection. We say NO to creation of 30, 000 illegal polling units in the North. We ask for equity in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. We are one great nation and we don’t need Prof. Jega to divide it for us”.
“On this premise,” the thespian continued, “we call on Jega to go on his break due on the 24th of March, 2015 and allow another credible officer from INEC conduct this election.
“We broke nothing, touched no one, and maimed no one. It is the most peaceful rally I’ve witnessed in recent times. It was sponsored by no one. All of us that got involved did it voluntarily based on our passion for equity, justice and unity of Nigeria. It’s unfair that APC is trying to frame us. Nigerians know propaganda is APC style and we shall not lose focus on achieving our aim peacefully.”