The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, on Tuesday, said the decision of Governor Seyi Makinde to sack the Chairman of the Park Management System, Mukaila Lamidi, fondly called Auxillary, and the discovery of arms and ammunition by the police in his hideout were enough grounds to hold the governor responsible for all the atrocities committed in the last four years.
The APC, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare in Ibadan, on Tuesday, said the latest Auxiliary saga should not be treated with a kid’s glove by the concerned authorities.
Sadare said, “The governor, Makinde, had on many occasions defended Auxillary on the allegations of perpetrating violent attacks, vandalism and misuse of sophisticated firearms within and outside the state in the last four years.
“About two or three searches conducted on his private residence and hotel facility in Ibadan have yielded the recovery of a large arms cache and weapons of mass destruction with which his syndicate has been terrorising the hapless members of society with impunity.
“He never missed any opportunity to unleash terror on members of the opposition in the state as well as other residents who fell victims of his notoriety innocently. As much as we would not like to do anything prejudicial before the idea of a panel of enquiry is considered by the appropriate authorities, all his victims and his syndicate should be located and compensated by the current PDP government in the state.”
The APC, therefore, advised Makinde to desist from making further attempt to put all the blame on the opposition, saying, “Since it is obvious the man (Auxillary) only acted the scripts handed to him by the power-that-be in the state.”
“It is most disturbing that the same governor who was always available to shield ‘Auxiliary’ from answering for his atrocities can now turn against him even without being remorseful or apologetic for the sins committed against the people. It is safe to say that the governor turned his back at him after using all sort of subterfuge to remain in office for another term of four years,” Sadare added.
When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Sulaimon Olanrewaju, said the APC’s allegation was baseless.
He queried, “Is Auxillary the governor or is governor Auxillary? Were those things found in the Governor’s Lodge or governor’s residence? They were found somewhere else. The Police have already commenced their investigation. Let the police do their investigation and come up with their findings. So, what the APC is saying is baseless because the governor was not residing in Auxillary’s house. So, how can anybody blame the governor for what they found in Auxillary’s house?”