The All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun State chapter, has expressed worries over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Iyiola Omisore’s use of masked armed guards.
The party in a statement issued on Saturday, by the Director of Publicity and Strategy Kunle Oyatomi, alleged that Omisore, wants to cause terror by going about with masked armed guards, adding that they know its aim was to intimidate the electorate.
The Nation reports that, the party in the statement claimed that Omisore, and his armed masked guard have been spotted at various campaign rallies.
“While President Jonathan fights armed and masked terrorists in the North with Nigerian soldiers, the reverse is being done in Osun by Jonathan’s man, hiding behind security cover to intimidate the electorate with masked and armed suspect terrorist guards,” the party said.
The party in the statement challenged security agencies to investigate the development if they claimed to be unaware of it.
This potentially dangerous dimension of electioneering violence is a high risk factor that can derail democracy and threaten Nigeria’s corporate existence,” the party said.
It further alleged that the PDP has delivered lots of fake police uniforms and arms with the intention to replicate what happened in Ekiti State governorship election as well as enact the bombing experience in Ile Ife, and other cities of the state.
The party while condemning the manner in which the PDP and Omisore are operating in the state said: “As the August 9 election approaches, PDP’s desperation to win by force of arms rather than the votes of the people is manifesting ever so clearly. Political terrorism has arrived in Nigeria’s democratic space by the evil construct of the PDP”.
APC went ahead to quote Omisore at his rallies as saying: “Arrangement has already been made to remove Aregbesola from office no matter whatever he is doing” pointing out that he failed to mention any plan of governance for the people of Osun State.
Similarly, in another statement issued by Oyatomi on Saturday, PDP, Omisore and others were warned against breaching the peace of the state by causing chaos in the guise of political campaigns. It said the warning became necessary following the rising wave of planned violent, political attacks on APC supporters across the state.
The party in the statement said, it cautioned agents and promoters of conflicts and chaos to refrain from such acts or face the wrath of the law as it cited the political violence said to have been averted by the State Police Command in Obokun Local Government Area of the state on Friday.
According to the statement, there were attacks on the supporters of the APC at Ila-Oragun, Iwo, Ikirun, and the destruction of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s campaign billboards along Osogbo-Ilesha Road and Ibokun and Ile-Ife.
“Since PDP’s exit from power, however, peace returned to Osun. Our people have from 2010 embraced the peace and harmony that Aregbesola’s government heralded. It has been shown to the whole world that this state values, enjoys and promotes harmonious living among its various peoples. This is one of the cardinal programmes of the APC government. Ours is not a government that fans the embers of disquiet, discord and chaos,” the party said.
Sources: The Nation