In a press statement released by the Ogun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, through the party publicity secretary, Asiwaju Akinloye Bankole, it has strongly condemned, the ongoing media trial of Hon. Damilare Muhammad Bello.
The Honourable representing Sagamu Constituency 1 Assembly was arrested last night by the officers of the Department of Security Services, DSS, in false connection with the last Sagamu mayhem, PDP says.
Hon. Bello is a sitting Member at the Ogun State House of Assembly representing Sagamu Constituency 1 and a member of the PDP.
The full statement read below:
“As much as we do not object to DSS or any security agency investigation into the Sagamu carnage which has allegedly claimed more than 25 lives, we think that the investigation is not being conducted with optimum professionalism and sincerity.”
“The ruling government of Prince Dapo Abiodun is currently supervising the over-sensationalisation of the arrest as news of the arrest was being carried by all State-Owned media organisations even when nothing incriminating was found in his residence at the time or his arrest yesterday. The whole thing is an orchestrated attempt to give Hon. DRE a bad name just to hang him.”
“It is also interesting that the Sagamu residence of the Honourable member was seriously vandalized earlier today by some suspects APC enabled thugs.”
The same man who returned from London to Abeokuta where he raised contributions on the floor of the House yesterday concerning security matters in his constituency.”
“Perhaps, we should encourage the outgoing Prince Abiodun that the enquiry into the Sagamu killings ought to start by conducting aw diligently probe into what happened to the arms and ammunition which were used in the criminal disruption of the election during the March Governorship election in Sagamu LG.”
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“Yes, the same election was violently rigged by unscrupulous elements seen in a video shown in an open Court at the election Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta. This is the reason we have always held that the Sagamu killings are a direct fallout of the criminal empowerment of cultists against the people by Mr Abiodun and his APC in his needless desperation to secure an undeserved second term in office.”
“The onus is, however, on the DSS to rise above partisanship in its duties. The security outfit is a creation of the law and should not be reduced to a mere tool of a political witch hunt by both the Governor and his rudderless APC against perceived opponents.”
“The trajectories of Messrs Femi Davies, Daud Olatunji, and recently, Wale Adedayo are still fresh in our memories.”
As a law-abiding political organization, our great party will work with the DSS, and indeed other security agencies in ensuring peace and tranquillity in Ogun State but we shall also not fold our arms and watch the Governor who is still utterly bitter with imminent electoral defeats to throw innocent members of the public under the but.”
“It is the responsibility of Mr Abiodun, if he is truly sincere enough, to look inward, his inner circle; his appointees, functionaries, party leaders and friends in Sagamu LG to see where the smoke is coming from.”