Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) on Sunday denied the claim that one of its leaders identified as Ademola was lyched at Okota on Saturday during the Presidential and National Assembly polls in Lagos State.
Publicity Secretary of the group, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, dismissed the report in a statement made available to newsmen, saying it was not true that its member was stoned by angry electorate following an attempt by hoodlums to truncate the electioneering process in the state.
Oguntimehin said OPC was a responsible organisation that believed in democratic process and freedom of choice during the election, pointing out that report at his disposal indicated that OPC member was not connected with the incident.
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“We are not touts or ballot box snatchers. As law abiding citizens of this nation, we will never do anything to compromise our integrity. Let it be known that OPC is not a political organisation,” he said.
OPC spokesperson reaffirmed the group’s commitment to a peaceful, free, fair and credible election stating that OPC under Aare Gani Adams had nothing to do with thuggery or violence.
“I need to state clearly that Ademola is not a member of our group. Ours is a group of professionals and educated members. We have structures across the country. People can attest to the fact that the Aare Gani Adams- led OPC are not vagabonds or thugs.
“We have transited into a brand new OPC, with a clear-cut ideology. And part of our ideologies is to propagate peace across the country especially in the South- West,” he stated.
Oguntimehin, while urging Nigerians to remain peaceful till the end of the election process, commended them on the turnout during the exercise, declaring that such was a demonstration to the commitment to democracy.
“From the turnouts during the poll, we noted that Nigerians are committed to democracy. We have started well, and I will urge all the electorate to remain peaceful by cooperating with the police and electoral umpire to ensure a free, fair and credible poll,” he said.
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