Update On Olusola Oke, Ondo AD Gov. Candidate's Reported Arrest
The governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Olusola Oke, has denied being arrested, saying his rumoured arrest was devised by his detractors to score cheap political goals.

Oke accused the PDP of being the sponsor of the rumour, saying that the campaign of calumny peddled against him only made him more popular.

The governorship candidate who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi, said he was not arrested at any time by any law enforcement agent, adding that he has since his formal declaration been moving round all parts of the state to solicit for support of the masses.

“As I talk to you now,Chief Olusola Oke is in Mahin in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State canvassing for the support of the people of the area in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.”

He said both the APC and the PDP in the state are intimidated by his rising popularity, hence their resolve to blackmail and other mischievous acts aimed at soiling his reputation.

“Oke is a responsible citizen of Nigeria and he has been moving round the state since he launched his campaign. He left Akure this morning for Ilaje Local Government and he had met with different people there.

“By the way, why would Oke be arrested when he did not commit any offence? He did not carry arms, neither did he carry ammunition. The rumour was the handiwork of his detractors whose aim was to soil the good reputation he has built over the years,” he added.

“The PDP resolved to peddle the rumour of Oke’s arrest and use the social media to circulate the rumour as a result of the court of the indefinite adjournment given by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

The PDP led by Governor Olusegun Mimiko is afraid of Olusola Oke, especially with the court decision which did not favour them, hence the baseless rumour.”

Olabisi noted that the rumour was baseless and have no iota of truth, and therefore enjoined members of the public, especially residents of the state to discountenance it in its entirety.

“Oke is a free Nigerian and he will return to AKure to meet with his co- coordinator. This is to tell you that he was not arrested by any agency of government.”

Meanwhile, the Aketi Media Group of the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Campaign Platform has commended the military for its professionalism and vigilance in the arrest of gunmen allegedly on the campaign trail of Oke.

The men were allegedly accosted by military men at a checkpoint in Okitipupa where pump action guns, machetes, and a digital camera were found on them. The men, who first claimed to be journalists but they had no means of identification.

They merely used the camera to disguise as journalists before the military men discovered the guns inside their vehicle. Director of Communications of the Akeredolu Campaign Platform, Mr Soji Alakuro, berated Oke for allegedly harbouring armed thugs to terrorise innocent citizens in order to precipitate violence before, during and after the election.

“Oke is a desperate politician seeking power at all costs by jumping from several political parties before berthing in AD to clinch the governorship ticket.

“It is baffling that after that political flirtation, he is not yet content with the civil manner of seeking power, but has gone ahead to recruit thugs to unleash violence on the citizens while seeking political power at all costs.


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