The All Progressives Congress (APC) has claimed that there is an alleged plan by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to heat the polity, with a view to stampeding the judiciary and whipping up undue sentiments.
Recall that the Appeal tribunal in Ibadan on November 11 set aside the Election Petition Tribunal earlier judgment, which upheld the declaration of Makinde as the winner of the March 9 governorship election. But its decision was viewed as not declarative enough, and both Makinde and the APC candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, have reportedly headed for the Supreme Court in Abuja for final determination of the case.
Oyo APC, in a statement in Ibadan by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Ayobami Adejumo, raised the alarm that it had uncovered plans by the Makinde camp to embark on sponsorship of street protests, media articles, and broadcast media content, which would be aimed at creating an overwhelming impression that Makinde won a free and fair mandate and any attempt by the judiciary to act on its findings would spark public unrest in the state.
“In a demonstration of their desperation to hold on to a stolen mandate, Governor Makinde and his lackeys have concluded plans to devote enormous resources of the state to certain activities aimed at misleading the Supreme Court over the all-important case before it. In fact, the arrowhead of the plot is a turncoat currently serving in the PDP government and who is popular for constituting a nuisance in the mass media at any given opportunity.”
According to the opposition party in the state, feelers from the Government House say that groups of unscrupulous elements in the society are already lined up for sponsored protests to be carried out consistently in Abuja and Ibadan any moment from now until the day of the judgment.
This the APC said would not be in their favour on account of the “reality of the electoral fraud that earned them the fake mandate they currently enjoy.
“Also, we are aware of a secret meeting held recently at a private location in Ibadan in which some media practitioners in Lagos and Ibadan were contracted, with heavy sums, to influence media content of their print and broadcast organisations with a view to setting a satanic agenda for the public and possibly misleading the judiciary again.
“The unprofessional conduct of some radio and television presenters, which clearly showed and still shows their unbridled interest in the politics of the land, is being leveraged upon by some power mongers to secure unmerited sympathy from the unsuspecting public. This time again, the PDP government of Makinde has raised its game in the area of comprising the bad eggs and using them against the overall good of the society.”
The APC, therefore, appealed to the management of the print and broadcast organisations in the country to always demand accountability, fairness, and objectivity from their employees, as this will not only enhance public trust and confidence in their outfits.
“But also position them right for posterity. No biased correspondent, editor, or broadcast programme presenter is worth being called a professional since his or her conduct is devoid of the basic principle of mass media practice.
“As much as we would not make any attempt to preempt the Apex Court and discuss the case before it, we are optimistic that justice will be done very soon and by the time the whole world is made to know about the degree of electoral fraud perpetrated by the PDP and other collaborators in the shameful acts, no single God-fearing person will be left in doubt of Makinde’s aversion to truth, justice and development of democracy in the land,” APC said.