Abiola Kolawole, Ibadan
The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9, 2019 election in Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Adelabu has assured members of the Ndigbo community of the safety of their lives and properties.
Chief Adelabu gave this assurance following the insinuation by Engr. Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while featuring on a radio programme, Sunday evening that plans were afoot to attack Igbos living in the state.
In a statement, signed by the spokesperson for Friends of Bayo Adelabu Campaign Organization (FOBACO), Dr. Bayo Busari stated that this was far from the truth.
Dr Busari stated that it is unfortunate that Engr. Makinde has to resort to barefaced lies in his desperation to canvass for votes.
He asserted that, at this time, it is irresponsible of anyone to whip up undue sentiments that could pitch the Ndigbos against their host.
“We note that our brothers from the East have always been law-abiding and it will be foolhardy of anyone to want to toy with the peace that permits the nooks and crannies of Oyo State.
“It is unbecoming of Engr. Makinde who has employed outright lies, deceit and sentiments since the kick off of campaigns in Oyo State.”
Busari noted that even though the PDP candidate had been advised many times but since it has become obvious that he was not adequately in a frame of mind to diligently prosecute this election, he should go back to the drawing board and prepare himself against 2023 election.
He therefore conclueed that Chief Adelabu had a robust relationship with the Ndigbo, as such he cannot plan to attack a community he plans to govern, by the grace of God and the votes of the good people of Oyo State from May 29, 2019.