The Kwara State Chapter of people’s Democratic party (PDP) has cried out over recent mass importation of political thugs into the state by rulling All Progressives Congress, APC in the state.
including recruitment of armed militias by different factions of the ruling All Progressive Congress , APC to foment crisis in Kwara state
This was contained in a petition “titled” Mass Influx and importation of political thugs into Kwara state by different factions of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Kwara state” addressed to the state Director of the Department of State Security Services, (DSS), Kwara state Commissioner of Police as well as State Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corpse (NSCDC) on Thursday jointly signed by the state’s PDP Chairman, Engineer Kola Shittu and the State legal adviser , Micheal Aborishade .
The PDP in the petition expressed great fear in the spate at which armed political machineries have infiltrated the state with sinister assistance of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq loyalists and some chieftains of APC who are opposed to draconian nature of the Governor within the party.
The PDP called for an in-depth investigation by the security agencies with a view to exposed those masterminding political crisis which may affect the general wellbeing and security of the state as a whole and bring them to book .
The party also fingered one Obasanjo Alashi fondly called SOJ, the Special Assistant to the Governor on domestic affairs as leader of one of the rivalry thugs believed to be working for the Governor.
The PDP Petition reads in part:
“Our party (P.D.P) in Kwara State note with great concern and fear the mass influx and importation of armed political thugs into the state chapter of APC, these dreadful and fierce looking armed thugs has infiltrated into the populace making it very easy for them to unleash their terror on the common and innocent man going about their lawful business in Ilorin metropolis and the state in general.”
“Of importance and concern is the barbaric reign of terror carried out at the Kwara State banquet hall G.R.A Ilorin last week where state properties and personal properties were damaged and several people suffered different degree of matchet cuts by the various factions of the party during their stakeholders meeting that preceded their party’s membership registration and revalidation exercise.
“These armed thugs and several others are still very much in the state, our fears are precipitated upon the following facts:
“During the registration and revalidation of the APC membership card exercise, the armed thugs brought in by the various factions has been unleashing terror and attacking each other causing panic in the state.”
“It will be a herculean task to disarm or recover the arms that has unlawfully and illegally found its way into the hands of these political thugs.”
“The aftermath of the inability to recover these arms with these political thugs who are already in the state will spell doom for the safety of lives and properties of the innocent Kwarans.
The lives of the members of the opposition parties especially the PDP members and individuals opposed to the political views of the governor will eventually be at risk .
“There is no gainsaying in the fact that most deaths arising out of political assassinations are never resolved or discovered, Kwara State is known and called the state of harmony due to the peace that pervade in the state.
As a responsive and law abiding political party, we cannot fold our hands for the peace to elude us and be truncated by these political thugs”, the statement added.