A female Governorship aspirint under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Modele Sarafa-Yusuf, has disclosed that the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has threatened her life if she go-ahead with her gubernatorial aspiration.
Sarafa-Yusuf, a former media aide to the governor, said she’s being heavily victimised and persecuted since she declared her intention to run for the seat.
She added that the governor has deployed state power to oppress and make life unbearable for her.
Sarafa-Yusuf made the startling revelation during a virtual encounter with one of the governor’s staunch loyalists, Ola Muritala.
The aspirant lamented the removal of her campaign billboards, which she said had been duly paid for and registered with the authorities.
Muritala refuted Sarafa-Yusuf claims, her former supervisor, and excoriated her in defence of his principal, the governor.
“We have reports that our billboards (properly paid for through registered agencies) are being removed. Ogun State Signage Agency sources say orders to remove are directly from Gov @dabiodunMRF,” Sarafa-Yusuf said.
But Muritala said the allegations of aspirant were spurious and false, claiming Abiodun was a “peace-loving” man.
Sarafa-Yusuf then retorted: “You mean the governor who told a 1st class traditional ruler to tell me to back off otherwise he ‘cannot guarantee my security?’
“You obviously don’t know who you are being paid to defend.”
Ms Sarafa-Yusuf, who is also Mr Abiodun’s cousin, served as Special Adviser on Information to the governor before resigning to run for governor.
She told BBC Yoruba that the governor never told her he would seek re-election in all of their private conversations before her decision to contest Ogun top office.