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The Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo State has demanded the arrest of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Teslim Folarin, over the alleged attack on its members during their (APC) rally in Oyo town.
The APC recently held its campaign rally in Oyo town, Oyo State, where the incident reportedly occurred.
Speaking in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, the state PDP spokesperson, Akeem Olatunji, accused Folarin of orchestrating the attack on their party members after the rally.
He accused the APC of vandalising their campaign billboard earlier before the rally commenced.
Olatunji, however, called on the Inspector General of Police, Baba Usman, to arrest Folarin.
He said, “Last week at Oyo, they (APC) replaced our billboard with theirs. And this is a billboard we have paid to utilise for six months which is going to elapse in April. They did that a night before their rally and after doing that, they vandalised some other billboards and posters.
“On their way after the rally, they unleashed terror on our people at Akensan Owode; cars were vandalised, shops were looted, lives were lost, and many people were injured. They are the perpetrators and because they want to discredit this government, they fabricate lies.
“That is why we are calling on the Inspector General of Police to please, arrest Oloye Teslim Folarin because he has been fingered,” he said
Reacting, the APC Publicity Secretary in Oyo State, Olawale Sadare, debunked the claim, accusing the PDP of attacking them (APC supporters) during the rally.
He also challenged the PDP to provide evidence that their billboard was destroyed.
He said, “I was physically present at the rally on Monday and throughout the period, we had the rally and there was no hitch, no case of harassment or intimidation from any quarter. In fact, none of our members and supporters was harassed or intimidated throughout the rally.
“We finished the rally before 4 pm and people were dispatched to their various destinations. Later, when I got to Ibadan, I heard that there were reports of a violent attack in Oyo. I had to put a call through to our people in Oyo to know what exactly happened.
“What we later realised is that some few elements who are surprised by the turnout at the rally were the ones who mobilised their thugs.
“They went to the homes of some of our members and started attacking them. We have pictures of damaged vehicles and homes and people who were inflicted with injuries. These people are our members.
“If the PDP or any other party is claiming to be a victim, we challenge them to bring out pictures of their property or their members that were attacked and injured. We have pictures of our members who were violently attacked and injured.
“We have a picture of the business premises of our members attacked and vandalised. In all of these, they are only to shift the blame on us. We had a successful rally; what will be the basis that will make us to be attacking people. What we wanted had happened; we wanted people to come out en masse to show their support. How would we turn around to start attacking people?