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Accord petitions DSS over plan by splinter group to breach public peace

•Asks faction to join another party

THE national secretariat of Accord Party has petitioned the Oyo State Director of State Security Service to nip in the bud, alleged plans by a splinter group which claims to be a faction of the party to cause a breach of public peace.

The petition dated October 25 and which was received by the DSS the following day was signed by the national secretary of the party, Dr Nureni Adisa.

Adisa, who described the factional group as a “renegade group of disgruntled former members of Accord,” accused the group of planning to cause mayhem in the party by setting up a secretariat directly opposite its own in Samonda.

He alleged that the faction had “done everything humanly possible to cause a breach of public peace,” but that Accord “known for its discipline and peaceful mien has refused to be drawn into the fray.

“We wish to report to you for urgent action, an intent to threaten the public peace by a section of the political class which styles itself, Accord Rescue Group.

“However, the latest provocative action of these fifth columnists is the intent to designate a two-storeyed building directly opposite the Accord secretariat at Samonda as the state office of a purported faction of Accord in Oyo State.

“This is with a view to causing undue provocation to the only legal body of Accord in the state which may result in bloodshed.

“We realise that freedom of association is guaranteed in the constitution. However, in a multi-party democracy such as ours, if one is not fulfilled in a particular party, such has the right to move to another party.

“We therefore call on you to call the group in order to avoid mayhem, which is inimical to the present peace being enjoyed in the state,” the petition said.