The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress in Oyo state heightened on Wednesday with the state government saying it has uncovered a sinister plot by a dissident group within the party, to burn down the APC state secretariat at Oke Ado area of the city.
A statement by the Executive Assistant, Political to the Governor, Dr. Morounkola Thomas, said i telligence gathered shoes that the Unity Group, a factional group within the party, was planning to recuit thugs to carry out the crime.
Tbe crisis is an offshoot of Saturday’s chaos that greeted the party’s ward congress.
Thomas said the Unity group was determined to scuttle the local government elections fixed for Saturday, May 12.
He said the group included some members of the House of Representatives, a minister, as well as former and serving political office holders
The state government said that the same set of people have been going around and granting press interviews claiming that Governor Abiola Ajimobi was after their lives.
The statement said that the group has been meeting in the homes of two of their members in Bodija and Samonda areas of Ibadan, with a view to causing chaos and panic among the good people of Oyo State.
The government, however, warned the group to be prepared to bear the consequences of their planned action having taken precautionary measures to scuttle their plans, while it urged law-abiding citizens to go about their businesses without fear.
The statement reads: “Oyo State is peaceful and will remain peaceful with the support of every law-abiding citizen. The governor has been a peace-loving leader and chief promoter of peace in the last seven years of his administration.
“He will, therefore, not fold his arms and allow any group or individual, irrespective of status, to take the state back to the dark era of political brigandage and violence.
“The protesting members of the House of Representatives and their leaders are all beneficiaries of Governor Ajimobi’s generosity and should be grateful to him, instead of biting the fingers that fed them.
“We are aware that they are looking for relevance and the only way they can get this is by linking Governor Ajimobi to the imaginary threat to their lives and well-being. Would anyone planning to injure you inform you before the act? They should have come up with a more believable tale.
“These are the governor’s political sons and I don’t know what will profit a father to kill his own son. The Almighty has been sufficiently good to him with every sense of modesty and he will not take issues further with them.
“All their tantrums are mere distractions and a plot to derail the governor from his focused cardinal objectives of transformation, reformation and repositioning agenda, which have indubitably transformed the face and fortunes of the state.
“It sounds unbelievable that the said Reps members and their ilk could claim that the same governor who single-handedly propelled them from political irrelevance to the limelight will now be plotting to take their lives.
“The ward congresses have come and gone. The congress committee and the so-called Unity Forum adjudged the congress to be free and fair. An appeal committee has been put in place and I will only advise those aggrieved with the outcome of the congress to explore the opportunity.
“The governor has turned his attention to the task for which he was elected for the second term by the good people of Oyo State and will not allow himself to be distracted by the noise of the marketplace. I will rather advise them to get busy with the business of lawmaking for which they were elected.”