Peter Obi Hurriedly Jets Out Of Ibadan, As Unfavourable Security Report Prevents His Attendance At S’West Presidential Parley
Peter Obi has jetted out of Ibadan over unfavourable security reports that debarred him from attending south west presidential parley.
Naijanewshub.com.ng reports that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Mr. Peter Obi who was in Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo state on Saturday for the South West Stakeholders Forum Presidential Parley could not attend the programme due to the security reports received while landing at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oke Ado Area of Ibadan.
The tensed situation in Ibadan on Friday that resulted to a protest due to the scarcity of fuel and new naira notes left a policeman attached to Governors office injured by hoodlums that forced their way into the state Secretariat.
Earlier on Saturday there were reports that some hoodlums while protesting the scarcity of fuel and new naira notes in Apata area of Ibadan mounted a roadblock along the axis an incident that was later confirmed by the state police public relations officer, SP. Adewale Osifeso, who affirmed that a vigilante officer lost his life to the sad incident, but also maintained that normalcy have returned in the area.
Though the residents of the ancient city were going about their lawful businesses, but it was visible that they are doing so amidst tension and fear as know one can predict the next move of these miscreants.
The abrupted Presidential debate was organised by the South West Development Stakeholders Forum (SWDSF), at Jogor Centre, Ibadan.
Peter Obi, who had been around in Ibadan one hour before the commencement of the parley, would have had the opportunity to meet the southwest stakeholders, as other presidential candidates like the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar; the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwanso; the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Kola Abiola; the Social Democratic Party, (SDP), Prince Adedayo have done, but had to leave through a chopper due to unfavourable security reports.
The Chairman of the stakeholders’ Forum, Dr. Adedayo Alao, who disclosed to journalists the reason for the cancellation, said another day for the debate would be announced.
Meanwhile, in an interview, the Oyo State Coordinator of Independent Campaign Council for Obi/Datti, “The Big Tent,” Princess Oyeronke Akinlolu narrated: “What really happened here today is that our candidate, Peter Obi was supposed to be here and we’ve been waiting here inside this hall and according to our men who went to receive him at the Liberty Stadium said, he landed and was supposed to come down and the DG campaign council Akin Osuntokun asked him to go back into the aircraft that brought him because of security reports they received.”
“We were also briefed by our men who were on ground that the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare was calling DSS. What was their mission at the stadium and they told him that they were there to receive Peter Obi and shortly after that, a campaign bus of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu came where Obi was supposed to land and of course, the DG has the right to tell Peter Obi to go away from the scene and this may be because the situation was not conducive enough for him to come down, what if if he’s attacked there what do you expect him to do?”
While speaking on the implication of his absence at the southwest stakeholders forum presidential parley, Oyeronke said: “For me personally, I’m not happy because I’m supposed to be part of this southwest developmental forum, but when you have people campaigning for you to come and be part of Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s campaign and they’re members of this forum, what do you expect?”
“Members of this southwest development stakeholders forum are not one, they’re not two and they’re not even three, but when you have one or two of them talking about Tinubu, then maybe it’s a kind of sabotage because I don’t know how that will favour anyone,” Oyeronke said.