Crisis ensued in Ibadan on Monday as thugs believed to be members of the Oyo State Park Management System (PMS), launched a deadly attack on a former leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) who recently defected to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
The former PDP leader known as Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeniyan recently defected to NNPP after having a disagreement with the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, who doubles as the PDP leader in the state.
Shortly after his defection, hoodlums suspected to be members of the Park Management System (PMS) stormed the Idi-ape house of Olopoeniyan, wielding guns, machetes and other deadly weapons.
Eyewitnesses narrated that on arriving in his house, the thugs started shooting sporadically which injured one of the supporters of the politician.
People were seen scampering for safety in the ensuing confusion after closing their shops while others avoided the affected areas, a critical situation that signifies the full scale return of thuggery in Ibadan.
Security of Oyo State has been one of the low points of the Governor Seyi Makinde administration. Several robbery incidents have occurred in the state with no tangible investigative success to figure out the perpetrators. Perpetrators of a popular robbery incident that happened at Idi-Ape have not been apprehended and most recently, armed robbers attacked a popular radio station in the state – Fresh FM, the Police say it is being investigated.
Many critics also accuse him of empowering thugs in the state, with Mukaila Lamidi popularly known as Auxiliary, the Chairman of Oyo State Park Management System (PMS), named as the leader.
One of the aides of Olopoeniyan, Tunji Adefuye, who confirmed the attack, said to avoid such incident, his boss had informed the police ahead of time.
According to him, the MPS boss, Mukaila Lamidi popularly known as Auxiliary, is always after the life of his boss for no reason, which he said was why the hoodlums were in his house to disrupt the peaceful defection.
He noted that one of the invaders confirmed that they were sent by the chairman of the park management system in Oyo State, Auxiliary.
“Those guys arrived with guns and machetes. We saw them from afar and that was how God saved some of us. One of our men was affected. It took the intervention of the police before they chased them away. This is serious. Why attacking my boss when the governor knows that he is not popular?”
Olopoeniyan had earlier said PDP was currently in crisis due to the selfishness of the governor in the state who failed to appreciate efforts of party members that worked for his emergence.
He said; “PDP was not on ground in Oyo State as at 2015, we reshaped the party and used it to contest and come to power. NNPP is ready; PDP and APC members are still going to join us, it is now money for money and power for power in 2023 election; we shall attack whoever attacks us.
“Makinde is running thuggery and prisoners’ administration, PDP has been divided beyond repair; that is why we have to leave before it collapses totally.”
Meanwhile, the secretary of NNPP in Oyo State, Soji Olaojo, in his welcome address said that the leaders of the party approached Olopoeyan having seeing his strength as one of the stakeholders in the state.