By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in the March 9, election in Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Adelabu has declared that the Ndigbo community in the state are safe with their properties.
Chief Adelabu gave this assurance in a statement, signed by the spokesperson for Friends of Bayo Adelabu Campaign Organization (FOBACO), Dr. Bayo Busari .
According to the statement, the clarification followed an alleged insinuation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Engineer Seyi Makinde while featuring on a radio programme in Ibadan on Sunday evening that plans were afoot to attack Igbos living in the state, saying,” this was far from the truth.”
“It is unfortunate that Engineer Makinde has to resort to barefaced lies in his desperation to canvass for votes. At this time, it is irresponsible of anyone to whip up undue sentiments that could pitch the Ndigbos against their host” he said.
The APC governorship candidate added, “we note that our brothers from the East have always been law-abiding and it will be foolhardy of anyone to want to toy with the peace that permits the nooks and crannies of Oyo State.”
“It is unbecoming of Engineer Makinde who has employed outright lies, deceit and sentiments since the kick off of campaigns in Oyo State.We have adviced him severally that since it has become obvious that he was not adequately in a frame of mind to diligently prosecute this election, he should go back to the drawing board and prepare himself against 2023 election.”
The statement emphasized further that “Chief Adelabu had a robust relationship with the Ndigbo, as such he cannot plan to attack a community he plans to govern, by the grace of God and the votes of the good people of Oyo State from May 29, 2019.