UNBELIEVABLE: PDP Paid Us N.3m To Stone Buhari - Lagos Area Boys ConfessBy kellychi 03:06 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 Comments
Some street urchins in Idumagbo area of
Lagos Island have alleged that they were paid
the sum of 300,000 to pelt All Progressives
Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Gen
Muhammadu Buhari during his visit to the
Oba of Lagos on Friday.
Peoples Daily investigation reveals that some
agents of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
met with some touts who dominate Ita Iga
and Idumagbo area to carry out out the act.
Idumagbo, Adeniji Adele, Oyebanji, and
other volatile spots on the Island popularly
called Isale- Eko are notorious for local touts,
usually called Area Boys, move in groups to
control various â€˜junctionsâ€™.
Our correspondent gathered that various
gangs were paid to scuttle General Buhariâ€™s
visit to the area.
Isale Eko is the political base of former
Minister of State for Defense and PDP
chieftain, Senator Musliu Obanikoro.
At Idumagbo Avenue, leader of a gang who
refused to tell our correspondent his name
said that he was contacted and paid for the
â€œWe were paid to disrupt the visit, the
PDP people met with us on Wednesday
night and promised us a N700,000 to
stone Buhari and Asiwaju whenever
they visit the Obaâ€™s palace in Idumagbo.
They gave us 300,000 advance here on
Thursday and we shared it because itâ€™s
part of our national cake,â€ he said
â€œAt first we gathered at ona owa, entrance to
the palace before we were dispersed by
security agents attached to the APC convoy
who came in a white luxurious bus.
â€œWe latter moved to Transformer
Junction and Isogari Idumagbo but it
was obviously impossible to carry out
the action, so we left for stadium
where Kwam1 was performing,â€ he said.
Asked if he informed the said PDP agents that
he was unsuccessful in accomplishing the
task, he said he refused to pick calls of the
â€œI said I went to dance Kwam1 how will
I pick his call, they are all thieves, if
someone gives you money to stone
anyone in government take it, they are
the same anywhere any day.â€
Another gang leader in Sari Igunmu who also
pleaded anonymity alleged that, â€œObanikoro
is popular here but we are not enjoying his
largesse like APC chieftains in the community.
â€œI was informed of the deal but was not
available and did not witness it; itâ€™s not
impossible because â€˜boysâ€™ are not
happy, we are just seeing posters
everywhere no money, so I canâ€™t blame
them, you should also know that this is
Koroâ€™s territory, so donâ€™t be surprised if
they are doing PDP, but all â€˜boysâ€™ here
are not interested in party; they are
looking for what to eatâ€
Earlier, Senator Obanikoro had stuck to his
guns that Gen Buhari was indeed stoned in
Lagos while making his way to the APC
Lagos presidential rally on Friday.
He said in a statement signed by his media
aide Ohimai Amaize that â€œbased on
eyewitness accounts, he is aware of
the stoning incident at Idumagbo area
of Isale-Eko, Lagos State and the fact
that a woman was injured in the
ensuing fracas after General Buhariâ€™s
security detail had to shoot into the air
to dispel the irate mob.â€
Obanikoro had condemned the alleged
stoning of General Buhari in Lagos, calling on
Lagosians to eschew violence.
â€œThe stoning of APC Presidential
candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari
today in Lagos is utterly condemnable.
The 2015 presidential polls must be
about issues and sportsmanship
moderated with every sense of
decency and civilityâ€, he said.
Senator Obanikoro noted that the APCâ€™s
denial of Buhariâ€™s stoning in Lagos was not
only pointless and futile but also does not
give the APC any advantage.
â€œWhen things go wrong, we must
acknowledge and condemn it in order to
forestall any future occurrences.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has
denied the concocted story by former
Minister of State for Defence that the partyâ€™s
presidential candidate, Gen.Buhari, was pelted
with stones during the partyâ€™s rally in Lagos,
saying a lie has never worn a bolder face.
APC in a statement issued in Lagos on Friday
by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed said Gen. Buhari and other top
leaders of the APC rode in a open bus from
the Palace of the Oba of Lagos to the Teslim
Balogun Stadium venue of the rally, to great
cheers from Lagosians who lined the route.
â€˜â€™Not once was he pelted with stone
during the almost two-hour ride. It is
obvious that those who were paid by
Mr. Obanikoro to stone the General
failed to deliver. We therefore urge him
to seek a refund of whatever money he
paid to his hired hands to pelt Gen.
Buhari with stones,â€™â€™ it said.
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