Report gathered that, more Nigerians have continued to berate the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, over its rampage on Monday 16 March in support of President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in some parts of Lagos.
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, the State House of Assembly and the Coalition if Oodua Self determination groups, COSEG, separately slammed the group believed to have been set up to champion the Yoruba course. They also accused President Goodluck Jonathan of planning to scuttle the elections that have been rescheduled for 28 March and 11 April.
Governor Fashola who spoke at the flagging-off the 2015 Agric Value Chains Empowerment programme and at the State House of Assembly, said with loads of messages he received through text messages and calls from Nigerians while the rampage went on, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has by the disruptive rally shown its own security model.
Fashola asserted that when the gangsterism displayed by the PDP supporters on Monday is put side by side with the peaceful rally the APC held in Lagos on 7 March, the difference is clear.
He said instead of the PDP supporters canvassing for the people’s votes and showing the people why their record of service is better, they were wielding knives, cudgels and other dangerous weapons.
“I received telephone calls, text messages from residents who explained to me. Some residents phoned that they were banging on their cars.
“The residents consistently complained yesterday that they were traumatised by those people, who supposedly were carrying out a rally in support of the President and their gubernatorial candidate. I am sorry about the pain and trauma they put you through,” he said recalling that while President Jonathan was being protected with 2,123 security personnel last week in Lagos, citizens were robbed and even killed in the Lekki area of the state.
“Let me be clear, the President is entitled to every protection. He is our President, but the question to ask is that when you were being traumatised yesterday, where were those 2,123 men, because you are entitled to be protected.
“The reason why the President gets all that protection is so that he can protect all of us,” he said.