Engineer Fatai Akinbade, a gubernatorial hopeful on the platform of the Labour Party in the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State, has raised the alarm over threats to his life, alleging plans by some people to eliminate him.
Besides, in a petition to the state Commissioner of Police by his solicitors, G.A Adesina & Co, with reference number GAAC/LP/2014/01 and dated 3rd May 2014, Akinbade alleged there were plans also to disrupt his planned declaration billed for Freedom Park in Osogbo on Thursday.
In the petition titled: “Destabilisation of Labour Party and Plan to Assassinate Top Labour Members”, the former Secretary to the State Government accused the opposition, particularly ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) of being the brain-behind the alleged plot.
“It is necessary to intimate you these groups have also perfected plans to disrupt our client’s planned declaration of intention to run on the platform of the Labour Party scheduled to hold on Thursday, May 8, 2014.”
While giving further insight into the alleged plans to eliminate him, the erstwhile SSG maintained that the meeting to that effect was held in Omo West area of Osogbo, where the group had threatened that he (Akinbade)would pay dearly for it should he declare his intentions as planned.
He accused the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and an APC stalwart, Alhaji Fatai Diekola of those behind the plot to destabilise the party through different pretences aimed at preventing his emergence as the Labour Party’s candidate.
“The above point is more buttressed by a recent threat issued by the state governor, on Tuesday, February 11,2014,when he met a political group based in Osogbo known as Dynamic Reformer,in his office and there ,he categorically threatened that Fatai Akinbade will not secure the ticket of Labour Party as long as he (Aregbesola) is alive”
According to Akinbade, the leading contender to the governorship race slated for August 9, this year in the state, he would have waved off the threats stressing: “However, experience has shown that some overzealous and over ambitious politicians can go to any length either to get power or to remain in power at all cost.”
He therefore implored the Police to do a thorough investigation with a view to bringing to book, those culpable so as to forestall breakdown of law and order.