Like a deep cut in the flesh, the show of shame put up by the members and supporters of opposing party, the Alliance Peoples Movement (APM) at the Ogun state All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential rally may not after all heal in a while.
In sequence to the unfortunate incidents at the rally held on Monday in Abeoukta, Ogun state capital Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in a town hall meeting reacted to those claiming to be in APC and working against the party ahead of the coming poll. He described such party members as “bad cutlasses.”
Osinbajo who was one of the dignitaries hugely embarrassed at the rally, however, called on electorate in the state to ignore comments made at campaign ground by Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun.
Amosun had during the rally implored electorate not to vote for APC’s candidates in the general election except President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor is visibly angry at the emergence of billionaire oil mogul, Prince Dapo Abiodun as the APC governorship candidate in the state. He had blamed the national leadership of the party for being bias and refusing his preferred candidate, Adekunle Akinlade the governorship ticket.
Amosun, therefore, openly declared his support for his desired governorship candidate, Akinlade who later defected to the APM and vowed to work against APC governorship candidate in the election.
In view of these, the ruling party on Tuesday accused governor Amosun of sponsoring the violence which marred the presidential rally and consequently ended it abruptly. The national body is considering punishing the Ogun state governor after the general election.
However, Osinbajo, though, did not mention Amosun’s name, but described those who promote other parties while still parading themselves as members of the APC as “bad cutlasses.”
The Vice-President spoke in Yoruba language during a town hall meeting held at the palace of the Ebunmawe of Ago Iwoye in Ijebu North Local Government Area, Oba Abdulrazak Adenugba.
Osinbajo also reiterated same while speaking with some traders at Olabisi Onabanjo Market, Ota Osun in Ijebu Ode.
The town hall meeting was held on the sidelines of a door-to-door presidential campaign held in Ogun East Senatorial District.
The Vice-President later solicited votes from the residents of Ijebu, explaining that only the APC meant well for the people.
Osinbajo said, “Vote for the APC alone in all the elective offices because, we don’t know of those who are meddling or promoting another party because anyone caught in such act can be described as a bad cutlass.
“Vote for the APC alone in all elective offices, Remember that ‘ Oju kan ladani , ada toba loju meji tidii adakada’ (a cutlass has only one sharp edge. Anything short of that makes such a cutlass a bad one).
“You need to vote for the APC because, even, the most hardened enemy of President Muhammadu Buhari knows that he is not a thief nor is he corrupt. And secondly, you have to vote for us because of the many things that we have in store for you.”
Those things, he said, included “the N -Power scheme which presently has a capacity of 500 in this area and this will be increased to 1,500 when we win the coming election.”
“Another is the ‘tradermoni’ and market money scheme which is targeted at empowering traders and whenever you pay back the money given to you, another will be given to you.
“Another is employment for the youth which is as well very important among others.”