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Oyo PDP aspirant alleges intimidation

20 March 2014, 13:02

Ibadan - Seyi Makinde, a PDP governorship aspirant in Oyo State, on Wednesday  vowed to pursue his political ambition inspite of the raid of  his campaign office in Ibadan.

The politician, who  told newsmen in Ibadan that he would not be deterred by threat or harassment,  said:

 "I want to reassure and restate that no amount of intimidation, threat and harassment from any quarter  would deter me from pursuing this noble objective of enthronement of  people’s government in Oyo State,’’ he said.

Makinde alleged that some security men invaded his campaign office at about 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday, claiming that  arms and hoodlums were being harboured there.

‘‘A team of fully-armed officers and men from State CID, Iyaganku, Ibadan came to our Omi Titun Campaign Office on Iwo Road, Ibadan,

‘‘Their leader , one Inspector, produced a search warrant, claiming they had information that we were hiding arms and hoodlums in our building,’’ he said.

The aspirant said Mike Akinfenwa, the Director of Administration, and Kehinde Ayoola, Director of Research,  cooperated with the security men by making the premises accessible for a search.

He, however, said that nothing incriminating was found in the premises after the search, adding that this was reflected in the report of the team.

Makinde, who  alleged  that some overzealous officers in the team harassed his staff and supporters, adding that he had right to freedom of association and lawful assembly.

 ‘‘No citizen of Nigeria should, therefore, be molested in the lawful pursuit of this inalienable right,’’ he said.

He also vowed to seek legal redress on the issue.

Reacting to the development, Dr Festus Adedayo, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, absolved  the state government of complicity in the incident.

He said the Abiola Ajimobi–led government had ensured the restoration of peace in the state.

"Till date , the violence, brigandage and bloodshed that we inherited have  become a thing of the past in the state,’’ he said.

 - NAN

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