Lagos - Conveners of the proposed Osun State Summit said the event will go ahead as scheduled on Thursday despite misgivings from some sections.
“We issue this statement to reassure all invited delegates, the distressed people of Osun state and Nigerians at large that the proposed summit on the state of Osun state scheduled for Thursday, 23rd July 2015 in Osogbo is going on as scheduled,” conveners, Osun Stakeholders, have stated.
They noted concern at some worries raised some politicians the event would
“The last 96 hours has witnessed an appalling vituperations by caterwauling megaphones and cretinous babbles of agents of the Osun state Government in a desperate attempt to muddle the water and confuse the public,” said organizers.
They clarified that Osun Stakeholders was a socio-cultural movement of authentic sons and daughters of state.
“It is an unreasonable assault on the pedigree of leaders of our group to be accused of being fronts for anybody,” the organisations stated.
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“When some of us were at the frontline of the resistance to Abacha tyranny, those who want to impose a culture of fear and silence on Osun state today were nowhere to be found. And when some of us supported them when they were seeking the mandate of our people we were great guys to them,” Osun Stakeholders stated.
The conveners said the summit was all inclusive as all the former governors of the state they had invited to the summit were members of the All Progressives Congress.
“Beyond that we have extended ten invitation cards to the APC, ten to the People’s Democratic Party and 20 to other political parties. We have also invited our traditional rulers, labour unions, religious leaders, academic community and the intelligentsia.”
They were confident the event would be peaceful.
“If there is anyone thinking of violence, it can only be by the apostles of violence who have are building a culture of intolerance in our dear state and this is why we have written to all security agencies to provide maximum cover for this responsible assembly fashioned in the best intention of the right of assembly constitutionally guaranteed.”
- CAJ News