24 August 2009

Nigeria: Osun AC Slams PDP Over Intolerance

Osogbo — Action Congress (AC) in Osun state has slamed the state Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for what it described as intemperate, desperate and intolerant attitude in its reaction to activities of opposition parties and their leaders across the state.

Speaking with THISDAY yesterday in Osogbo, AC Director of Research and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere, also accused the PDP of conducting itself as if Osun is a one party state by disregarding the rights of the opposition to hold different political opinions.

Reacting to allegations by the PDP in Osun state that the AC intends to import 10,000 thugs to disrupt proceedings at the venue of the ongoing re-trial tribunal, AC wondered what it stands to gain by doing such a thing.

Recalling claims of past attempts made in the time pass to either compromise its agents financially, rope them up on flimsy excuses, AC said the PDP needed nobody to convince it that AC has a rock solid case as it is now claiming.

According to him, "Osun PDP realising it is now faced with an uphill task of defending the catalogue of allegations of vote robbery, killing, maiming and bastardisation of people on 14th April 2007, will stop at nothing to blackmail and if need be, bring to disrepute the credibility of the retrial panel and/or anything that has to do with it."

He further claimed that "part of this evil contrivance is the hullabaloo raised about the genuineness of the final police report on the contentious election which formed just one leg out of five for which the retrial was ordered."

Akere said that "Now that the PDP has stretched its luck to the limit over the issue of police report when it was challenged to compel the police authority to produce the original report submitted by the police team sent to Osun state from Force Headquarters, Abuja to monitor the said election, it is not surprising that the Oyinlola administration is now resulting to raking up the over celebrated phantom bomb blast issue."

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