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Osun PDP Blasts APC For Organising Counter Rally In Iragbiji After Defection Of Members



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The Osun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has berated ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) rally held in front of the house of a party chieftain, Senator Kolawole Ogunwale, in Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of the state.

PDP in a statement signed by Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Oladele Bamiji, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, on Sunday described the APC really as hitting the panic button when it is not necessary.

The main opposition party accused Osun State Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Barrister Olubukola Olaboopo of disrespecting their party elder by leading some members of APC on a rally in Iragbiji town on Sunday morning.

The rally it was learnt held to counter the PDP programme where the party welcomed some members of the APC, who defected to the party in the town on Saturday, 26th June, 2021.

CityMirrorNews reports that Iragbiji is the hometown of the incumbent Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola.

Reacting, Bamiji said, the PDP rally in Iragbiji was held because the people were tired of the system and they yearned for a better platform that will address their problems.

He explained that a democratic society required people to make choices noted that the only visible and feasible platform for the people to express this was for them to belong to the PDP which is more like a movement now sweeping across the state and the country.

According to him, “The rally came about when some prominent inhabitants and known relatives of the state governor and ancestral relatives of the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu decided to decamp from their political party to the PDP. Since politics is not monarchical, they felt it was wrong for some people to continue to deceive them on the basis of affiliation.

“They said they were no more comfortable with the APC and decided to join the moving train of the Osun PDP.”

“It is uncalled for and awful. Instead of the party to allow people to go and worship their God in peace. This is part of the accusations we have been levelling against the APC, they care more about parochial interest and less of dignity of man.

“They shared brooms around and asked them to go to the house of a prominent PDP leader in Iragbiji, Senator Kolawole Ogunwale who happens to be the Asiwaju of Iragbiji and harass him with different types of abuses.

“This moral deficiency is wrong. There are certain things you cannot do in the name of politics. It is traditional with the Yorubas that you don’t abuse leaders and fathers.

“By virtue of Senator Ogunwale’s position in that town, he is father there and you don’t go out in the morning abusing such a man.

“When we were doing our own rally, it was peaceful and we didn’t not disturb people’s peace and abuse people.”

Reacting, Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Barrister Olubukola Olaboopo described the PDP accusations as laughable and petty.

Olaboopo further explained that the rally was not done by her Ministry and she only participated as a daughter of Iragbiji and not as a commissioner.

She said the house of the former Senator is located on the main road in Iragbiji and it was not the only venue used for the rally.

“Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have responded to the accusation because it’s petty and laughable. The rally was by the people of Iragbiji and I participated as a daughter of Iragbiji. People who trooped out yesterday were not only APC members, we has Iragbiji people who are not part faithful. If you know the house of this senator, you’ll see that it is on the main road and if ask many people, you will see that the rally passed through many streets. So it’s just funny to say we passed through his house”.

When asked about the song sang in front of Ogunwale’s house, Olaboopo said, “we only sang praises of our party and not something special. He’s the Asiwaju of Iragbiji and the Governor is his brother. Everyone expects him to put Iragbiji interest first.

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