By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The Director-General of Akala/Alli Campaign Organisation, Dr. Kola Balogun, has said one of the suspects arrested in connection with the recent violence that erupted at the Accord rally last week named the Chairman of NURTW in Oyo State, Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde, as the brain behind the murder of four AP supporters and the person who sent them to cause the violence.
Balogun stated this in an interview with WESTERN POST in reaction to the allegation of conspiracy levelled against three political parties including Labour Party by the All Progressives Congress (APC). He said the allegation was a fiction of their imagination.
He said the party was yet to absolve itself of the various violence and killings linked to it and it is busy making frivolous allegations.
It was gathered that Accord in the state had accused the APC of attacking its members at a meeting in the Odinjo area of Ibadan.
AP, in its reaction, described the attack, which led to the death of four of its members as barbaric, wicked and uncalled for.
But in a swift reaction, the APC, through its spokesperson, Mr. Olawale Sadare, in a telephone conversation with WP, described the allegation against it as a blatant lie cooked up by the AP to malign and portray the party as a violent one.
Balogun, a former Commissioner for Commerce in the state, however, said the APC was used to dishing out fallacies in defending allegations against it.
He said there was no time the three parties met to decide on causing violence or attacking APC members in the state, saying “they are just been hunted by their deeds”.
Balogun queried APC’s denial of Oyerinde as it’s member, asking the role he was playing when he attended the party’s governorship campaign flag-off at Mapo in Ibadan.
He urged the APC Chairman in the state, Chief Akin Oke, to always cross-check his facts very well before coming out to say anything. He said the people of the state are no fools to know he was a member, having been sighted at various campaigns of the party.
Balogun also cautioned APC’s spokesman, Sadare, who described a former member of the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board as a violent man.
He said Sadare should have presented the man he was talking about to the world alongside Oyerinde and a member of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Temitope Olatoye popularly known as Sugar and a host of their members to know their worth.