A member of the House of Representatives, representing Ibadan North East/Ibadan South East in Oyo state, Hon. Adedapo Lam Adesina, has called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to provide necessary security cover for him in view of an alleged assassination attempt on him by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state and his wife, Florence.
Adesina in a petition addressed to the IG titled “Petition Against Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Executive Governor of Oyo State and his wife, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi for threat of life and planned assassination on my life and other honourable colleagues of mine”, a copy which was sent to newsmen on Wednesday, declared that he has been hiding himself from hired assassins sent to terminate his life by the Governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi.
The lawmaker who is one of the sons of former Governor of the state, late Alhaji Lamidi Adesina said “as I write this petition, my life is under serious threat and I have been hiding myself from the hired assassins sent after me by the Executive Governor of Oyo State.”
Adesina while urging the Police boss to give his petition the utmost attention it deserved, however, alleged that the major plan of the governor was to take him out of circulation.
He said “At the moment, there is a palpable fear and grave yard peace in Oyo State, I am aware that the Governor had activated some members of the NURTW to assassinate me and they also have an alternative plan to charge me and others for frame up charges.
“The major plan is to take me out of circulation by all means either by assassination or frame up.”
Adesina then urged the IG to treat the petition with deserved attention.
He said “Dear Inspector General of Police, it is my fervent hope that you will give this petition the utmost attention it needed”.
But, Ajimobi while reacting, declared that the lawmaker was linking threat to his life to him in order to gain cheap popularity.
Ajimobi in a statement made available to newsmen Wednesday evening by his Executive Assistant, Political, Dr. Morounkola Thomas, urged the lawmaker and his colleagues to come up with a more believable tale.
The governor, while promising not to fold his arms and allow any group or individual, irrespective of status, to take the state back to the dark era of political brigandage and violence, declared that the State Government had uncovered a plot by a group, “Unity Forum” to burn down the state secretariat of the party in their desperate bid to scuttle Saturday’s local government election and party congresses.
Ajimobi said that the government received intelligence that members of the group had been holding clandestine meetings at different locations in Ibadan to perfect the plot by recruiting thugs to carry out this hatchet job.
“Oyo State is peaceful and will remain peaceful with the support of every law-abiding citizen. The governor has been a peace-loving leader and chief promoter of peace in the last seven years of his administration.
“The protesting members of the House of Representatives and their leaders are all beneficiaries of Governor Ajimobi’s generosity and should be grateful to him, instead of biting the fingers that fed them.
“We are aware that they are looking for relevance and the only way they can get this is by linking Governor Ajimobi to the imaginary threat to their lives and well-being. Would anyone planning to injure you inform you before the act? They should have come up with a more believable tale.
“These are the governor’s political sons and I don’t know what will profit a father to kill his own son. The Almighty has been sufficiently good to him with every sense of modesty and he will not take issues further with them.
“All their tantrums are mere distractions and a plot to derail the governor from his focused cardinal objectives of transformation, reformation and repositioning agenda, which have indubitably transformed the face and fortunes of the state.
“It sounds unbelievable that the said Reps members and their ilk could claim that the same governor who single-handedly propelled them from political irrelevance to the limelight will now be plotting to take their lives.
“The ward congresses have come and gone. The congress committee and the so-called Unity Forum adjudged the congress to be free and fair. An appeal committee has been put in place and I will only advise those aggrieved with the outcome of the congress to explore the opportunity.
“The governor has turned his attention to the task for which he was elected for the second term by the good people of Oyo State and will not allow himself to be distracted by the noise of the marketplace. I will rather advise them to get busy with the business of lawmaking for which they were elected,” he said.