The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has been asked to arrest an aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Jimi Lawal, for alleged forgery.
Four other suspended members of the party, Bola Odumosu, Ajadi Fasiu, Kola Akinyemi, and Tope Ashiru, were also asked to be arrested over the same allegation.
Our Correspondents report that the Ogun PDP State Organizing Secretary, Kola Ogunyemi, had petitioned the Inspector General in a letter dated October 18, accusing the five of forgery, impersonation, threat to life, and conducts likely to cause breach of peace.
According to an acknowledged copy of the petition made available to our correspondent on Thursday, Ogunyemi sought the immediate intervention of the IGP in “apprehending and prosecuting the respondents, if found culpable.
In the petition, Ogunyemi said his signature was sighted in a letter purportedly written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), asking the commission to attend and monitor a fresh primary election held on Monday by the Jimi Lawal camp.
Ogunyemi maintained that the letter co-signed by Odumosu was done without his knowledge.
The petition signed by his counsel, Dr Oladimeji Balogun of Swiss Attorneys, Abeokuta, read that, “Our client denies prior knowledge of the said letter and states that the said letter which was purportedly signed on his behalf does not represent our client’s resolve to follow the directives and the overriding decisions of the Peoples Democratic Party.
It was stated further that, “the persons who issued the letter are mischievous impostors whose impersonation was not inadvertent. It was directed towards maligning our client and destroying his fast emerging political popularity.”
In the past few days, Ogunyemi explained that the respondents’ letter to INEC had incited the party’s members against him, saying people now engage him in open confrontation.