MURDER IN POLITICS! PDP Chieftain Arrested Over Alleged Murder Of Party Stalwart

Politics Today

March 19, 2021

A chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has been arrested by Oyo State Police Command in the state.

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It was gathered on Thursday that a stalwart of PDP in Ibarapa geopolitical zone, Pa Olawuwo was arrested in connection with the murder of another party chieftain, Dr. Fatai Aborode.

Aborode was killed in December, while coming from his farm in Iganga, a town in Ibarapa North Local Government of the State.

Though, the Oyo State Police command confirmed the killing of Aborode, it was, however, gathered that the death of Aborode who came to settle in his home town to establish a commercial farm after spending some years overseas had attracted several reactions.

It was also gathered that the state Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde had earlier said that the killing of Aborode was political as against the belief in some quarters that the deceased was killed by some suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Makinde who spoke at a Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) live program in February, said that his interaction with the father of the deceased revealed that it was not the Fulani herdsmen that killed the deceased, saying that the killing was political.

The State Police Command has, however, arrested one of the chieftains of the party, Olawuwo for alleged involvement in the murder of the party stalwart.

On Thursday, Olawuwo was arrested and detained at the former SARS office located at Dugbe in Ibadan.

It was learnt that some of the party chieftains from Ibarapa Central and Ibarapa North Local Government Areas among whom are Alhaji Yisau, a former caretaker Chairman, Iliasu Ololade and Mr Obey from Igboora were at the former SARS office to see the party chieftain who was still in police custody as at Thursday.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi when contacted confirmed the arrest.

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Fadeyi said that the PDP chieftain was arrested and has been charged to court.

He further disclosed that the suspect is still in Police custody.

Fadeyi said, “Yes, he was charged to court and remanded in police custody.”

Recall that earlier today, SCOOPER reported that the Governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed, on Thursday, March 18, opened a can of worn on the last presidential election held in 2019.

Governor Mohammed said the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has shreds of evidence that it won the election, although, according to him, the mandate was snatched from the party by fraud traceable to conduct of the poll and the activities of security operatives, Channels TV reports.

The governor added that the general belief among Nigerians at the time was that the PDP floored the All Progressives Congress, APC, adding that the powers that be did not accept the facts then.

His words: “The general impression within the party and within the country is that we actually won the election and that we lost to a lot of fraud, to a lot of manipulations that was perpetrated by either the electoral umpire or by the security operatives.

"We have a lot of evidence, which we tendered but was not accepted. The issue now is that we know we are all Nigerians. We know the nook and cranny of Nigeria. We know what happened in 2019."

Mohammed, however, said the PDP is done with weeping and is not ready to play the blame game, but is presently looking inwards to close all gaps within its ranks which might have contributed to the defeat.

He added that the opposition will make sure INEC's current electoral reforms are not in any way partial.

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