By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State government has called on the security operatives to investigate the leadership of The Osun Progressive (TOP), a group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to forestall security threats as a result of their politics of bitterness.
This followed the recent purported attack on the group during its meeting at Oranmiyan House in Osogbo, on Thursday.
The government identified some of the leaders to be closely watched as Elder Adelowo Adebiyi, Chairman, The Osun Progressives, Abdulrasaq Salinsile former secretary of the party, and Adelani Baderinwa former commissioner for information and civic orientation in the Governor Rafiu Aregbesola’s administration.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Ismail Omipidan alleged that those who carried out the organised attacks had been earlier seen with Abdulrasaq Salinsile before the purported attack.
“I have intelligence report that Abdulrasaq Salinsile, the former APC Secretary in the state, met with one of those that were alleged to have carried out the attack. I want to believe they are acting out a script already prepared by them.
“We want the concerned security agencies in the state to watch Adebiyi closely, as he appears to be up to something sinister,” he noted
The statement also described Adebiyi as a discredited fellow and should therefore not be taken seriously.
“Elder Adelowo Adebiyi is a serial liar and mischievous of the highest order and he doesn’t fit to be a leader in a saner clime.
“In law, if a witness bears false witness once, no testimony from such a fellow would ever be accepted. But in the case of Adebiyi he has lied several times and this latest allegation is one of such lies.
“My Principal is not a violent man and will never support any violence in whatever form. I strongly urge our former governor and current Interior Minister, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to disown Adebiyi before he rubbishes his good office.
“If by his admission, he is saying personnel of NSCDC had always provided security cover for them, on whose authority were they doing it then and who ordered their withdrawal today?
“It would be recalled that during their kangaroo state congress, held at Ogo Oluwa area of Osun State some weeks ago, the same set of people lied that some political thugs attacked them, whereas it was pre-planned and to discredit this government,” Omipidan added.