Governor Ademola Adeleke has narrated how he escaped being assassinated at the Osogbo Eid ground today June 28, allegedly by the All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs.
The governor, in a statement by his spokesperson, Malam Olawale Rasheed, noted with shock and surprise, the role played by former Senator Ajibola Bashiru, who took over the space reserved for the governor at the prayer ground.
“All efforts to get the former Senator to vacate the space proved abortive.
“PDP members who agitated for respect for the office of the governor were beaten up. It was chaotic scene which the governor walked into when he arrived at the ground for the eid prayer.
The statement condemned the orchestrated attacks by stalwarts of the APC at the praying ground, recalling an earlier security alert to an evil plot to destabilize the peace and stability of Osun state.
The governor expressed more shock that thugs armed to the teeth were spotted all over the praying ground with security information that they were imported to eliminate him and key government functionaries.
Report had it that governor Adeleke had arrived at the venue hoping to observe the Eid prayers but was practically surrounded by armed thugs, prompting security men to ferry him into his jeep.
The statement said that for the second time, the governor attempted to enter the praying field, but the encirclement by armed thugs was already visible.
“It was at that point that the governor had to leave the praying ground.
“The governor is now safely at home, receiving guests and leaders from all walks of life.”
Meanwhile, the governor has directed security agencies to arrest those behind the incident and get them to face the wrath of the law.
“The Commissioner of Police has been directed to arrest those involved no matter how highly placed.”
The statement quoted Governor Adeleke as appealing for calm, thanking God for preserving him and his team.
“My good people of Osun, I appeal for calm and urge us to continue to celebrate the Sallah festival in peace. I am safe by the special grace of God.”