Sunday, 22 April 2012
ACN TO LABOUR PARTY: IT'S VIOLENCE FOR VIOLENCE!
The party said it would not succumb to intimidation from political miscreants.
At a press conference addressed by the ACN leaders and its governorship aspirants led by the acting chairman of the party, Adesoji Noah, at its secretariat along Ilesha road, the party said the disruption of the memorial lecture of the former governor and attack on its members by sponsored thugs was masterminded by the ruling party in the state.
The party threatened to resist any attempt by any party in the state to attack its members, saying nobody had the monopoly of violence.
When Sunday Sun visited the secretariat on Saturday, the place was heavily guarded by men believed to be party thugs, who were ready to deal with anybody that fomented trouble within the secretariat.
The party chairman called on the police and other security agencies in the state to rise up to the security challenges so that the ruling party will not set the state on fire.“I call on the police and other security agencies in the state to please rise up the challenges because LP is ready to turn the state into a theatre of war. They are battle ready to use government machinery at their disposal to deal with ACN members.
“We don’t want a repeat of 1983 political violence in the state again. That is why we are appealing to the security agencies to be on red alert so that LP thugs will not be attacking our members. But if the situation continues unabated, we may not have any option than to tell our members to retaliate any attack from the opposition,” Noah said.
The LP, in its reaction, however described the ACN statement as an empty threat, saying the party was known for violence.
Its spokesman, Kola Odogiyan, said the ACN had been threatening the people of the state that they will import thugs from ACN-controlled states but that the LP will not engage in violence with any party in the state. The police also warned all political parties in the state to call their members to order, saying anybody caught fomenting trouble will be dealt with.
The police spokesman, Adeniran Aremu (DSP), said they would not condone acts of hooliganism in the state, saying the police were ready to deal with law breakers.
TUNDE RAHEEM, Akure