The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over the alleged arrest of its top leaders, describing the development “a threat to democracy”.
The state Caretaker Chairman of the party, Adekunle Akindele, made the claims on Saturday during a press conference in the state.
Akindele, in a statement tagged ‘Osun Is Under Siege’, said party officials woke up to apparent “rumours” that the state would allegedly be invaded by armed men.
According to him, the armed men would include men of the police and notorious thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) imported from Lagos to be disguised as police operatives to cause mayhem and unrest in Osun State.
He alleged that the men were ferried into the state and were received at the private home of a top APC official, who handed the armed men handouts of leaders and members of the PDP to be arrested and detained “for no just cause”.
Akindele added that it was necessary to raise the alarm on an “ongoing unjust, unfair, draconian and dictatorial raid and arrest of PDP leaders across Osun State”.
Ahead of the purportedly planned arrests, the PDP chieftain urged the people of the state to remain calm and go about their lawful business, but should be vigilant and resolute on their resolve to detach themselves from harrowing experiences of the past.
According to him, if APC could not defeat the state since July 16, 2022 governorship election till it was “overwhelmed” in the last National Assembly election, the party would be defeated again.