The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oyo state allegedly took a deadly dimension on Wednesday evening as masked gunmen allegedly attacked the recently opened faction party secretariat in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.
It could be recalled that a faction opposed to the leadership of the Governor of the state, Engr Seyi Makinde, opened a parallel party secretariat.
Members of the faction said it was in preparation for the party’s congress coming up in a few weeks.
It was glaring that all is not well with the PDP in the state as some legacy party members are not happy over their perceived exclusion from the running of the party by the governor.
Before now, the party secretariat was located in the Molete area of Ibadan, the state capital.
But on Saturday evening, the parallel party secretariat surfaced in the highbrow of Ibadan located at No 2 Okunola Abass Street, Bodija estate.
It is a few minutes drive from the Oyo State Government secretariat, where the Governor calls the shots.
It was allegedly attacked by the masked hoodlums allegedly to be members of the Park Management System (PMS).
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It was gathered that masked gunmen descended on the new parallel party secretariat shooting sporadically.
One of the staff, Micheal Ogunlade while speaking with Independent Newspaper said barely five minutes after he and others left the office, the gunmen arrived and started destroying the place with gunfire.
He said their neighbours called him on the phone to inform him of the attack, and he had to rush back because he was still in the vicinity.
Ogunlade maintained that he and other staff escaped by whisker because they just closed for the day when the gunmen, about 40 heavily armed masked men stormed the parallel secretariat located at No 2,Abass Okunola Street, Bodija, Ibadan, vandalising vehicles and other items.
He maintained that several offices were reportedly burgled by the attackers at the secretariat, which was yet to be officially unveiled by the factional leaders.
Also speaking on the attack, a factional leader of the party, Alhaji Bisi Olopoeniyan alleged that the Chairman of the Park Managers in Oyo State, Mukaila Lamidi, popularly known as Auxiliary, was behind the attack.
He noted that the Auxiliary could not have acted without Governor Seyi Makinde’s directive.
According to him, “Mask or no mask, we know Mukaila Auxiliary and his park managers are the ones terrorising the people of Oyo State. We don’t need a soothsayer to tell us that the invasion was orchestrated by Governor Seyi Makinde. Our members escaped being killed by the Auxiliary and his boys baptised the secretariat with gunfire.
“We are peace-loving PDP members and setting up our own secretariat is normal in a demoratic setting. So, we will not engage in brigandage with the violent PDP faction loyal to the governor,” Olopoeniyan said.
The PDP chieftain said the incident had been reported to the Police for necessary action.
When contacted, the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Akeem Olatunji, also said: “We are not aware of the existence of any office. I don’t think there is anybody claiming to be responsible for any office. There is no PDP faction in Oyo State. We are not aware of any factional executive. We are not aware of what they are talking about. They should look within themselves.”