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Pan-Yoruba, Nothern groups vow to go violent if Interim Govt. is forced on Nigeria

Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
A pan-Yoruba organisation, the Oodua Progressives Care Initiative (OPCI) has vowed to fight to finish any group or interest wanting to stall May 29, 2023 Inauguration of the President-elect Ahmed Bola Tinubu by way of an Interim National Government.

Similarly, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) which is a Pan-Northern organisation has also called for the arrest and prosecution of those it described as wanting to scuttle the sacrosanct inauguration of a newly elected government come May 29, 2023.

The two socio-cultural organisations at different instances in Ilorin, Kwara State expressed their readiness to resist such moves from any quarter.

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The leader of OPCI, Chief Maruf Olarewaju at a press conference in Ilorin warned and threatened that his group would fight to finish and ready to shed the last drop of their blood to protect fight a possible repeat of the annulment of the fairest and freest June 12, 1993 election of Late Chief M.K.O. Abiola and his eventual death.

According to him, the February 25 Presidential election that produced the now president-elect,  Bola Tinubu, by vast majority of Nigerians remained sacrosanct and that his inauguration on May 29 must not change.

In his speech titled; ‘Stop Drumming For Anarchy on May 29, 2023 Handing Over’ Chief Maruf said like Abiola, another Yoruba man was indisputably elected President with over 8 million votes “and he was declared by INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu and a Certificate of Return was given to Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu”

He declared; “Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, members of the press, my fellow comrades, OPCI as an organisation that believes in efficacy of law, democracy and the unity of Nigeria, we shall not and we will not fold our hands and be watching these elements of destruction to truncate our democracy.

“If it was done successfully on June 12 election in 1993, we will not allow it to repeat itself on February 25 election. We will do everything possible to defend the democracy, to sustain the democracy, to grow the democracy and to defend the mandate given to Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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“We will mobilise all the sisters organisations, Yoruba sons and daughters within and outside the country to defend the said mandate. We are ready to lay down our lives if situation demand; we shall fight this battle without looking back to logical conclusion. We will not allow any intruder or any parasite individual or group of people to dethrone our democracy; we are ready to defend it with the last drop of our blood”, he warned.

Also, Dr. Mohamned Ghali Alaaya, the Kwara State Chairman of ACF; a northern socio- cultural group firmed in 2000 in an interview with newsmen in Ilorin declared; “arrest and prosecute anyone or persons found or caught canvassing for interim government”.

Alaaya also promised that Nigerians generally would resist any attempt by individuals or groups to foist an interim government on the country saying; “anybody, no matter how highly-placed advocating or supporting interim government under any guise will be met with the strongest of opposition. I can assure you that Nigerians are too loud in that direction. I trust my northern people”

The ACF boss who is an ally of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State vouched for him that like his other colleagues accorss the country who loudly objected the move, the Kwara helmsman would not disappoint in this regard.