By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Dapo Biodun Campaign Organisation (DACO), has raised alarm over what it described as, “planned smear campaign and violent attack against the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Dapo Abiodun.”
In a media release made available to journalists on Sunday, the Spokesperson to Prince Dapo Abiodun, Hon Remmy Hazzan, alleged that there was a planned attempt to increase smear campaign against their candidate and attack his convoy.
The spokesman said in the release that: “As we plan to start our local government tour from Ijebu North East Local Government on Monday, January 7, 2019, it has become necessary to inform the general public that intelligence at our disposal, reveals plans from certain quarters not only to heighten smear campaign against our candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR, but to also attack his convoy as we move round the state with our teeming supporters.
“We want to let the public know that our campaign organisation, as promised from onset, has continued to run decent and issue-based campaign with zero tolerance for violence. We therefore find it appalling and alarming that some desperate politicians with their known sponsor and collaborators, are planning devilish acts against a decent candidate who is only offering to use his wealth of experience and established connections in the service of our dear state in order to take Ogun State to greater heights”, the statement added.
Hassan stated that their schedule of tour was carefully selected and copies of same were sent to the security agencies in advance.
He added that they would never take the voters for granted.
“We want to continue to meet, talk to, and interact with Ogun voters and sell the vision and programmes of their party and candidates to the Ogun voters without intimidation, harassment or coercion.”
He disclosed they were also aware of the plan by the State Government to dissolve some elected local government administrations across the state, whose Chairmen and Councilors have insisted that they remained in APC and have refused to work against the party on whose platform they were elected in the first place.
He said in the last few weeks their party members in various wards in Ogun State have suffered serious harassment, persecution, forceful take-over of the party secretariats at wards and local government levels, and the dubious re-painting of such in the colours of the Allied People’s Movements with the backing of people in government.
He revealed APC offices and assets have been destroyed and our campaign materials have been continuously destroyed all over the state, especially in Abeokuta.
“We have continued to document and report these provocative and violent acts to the police authorities, who seemed to be helpless.
“The current level of intolerance and impunity had never been witnessed in the history of electioneering since the creation of Ogun State in 1976”, Hassan observed.
He therefore used this medium to call on all the security agencies not to be dissuaded from their constitutional duties for any reason whatsoever and by anybody, whosoever.