By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition party in Osun State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have engaged in war of words over the hearing in the petition in respect of the governorship election at the Appeal Court.
The APC had in a statement released by the party’s Director of Publicity, Kunle Oyatomi in Osogbo decried what it described as “the PDP’s penchant for lies, disinformation and incitement to violence” that has allegedly become the party’s trademark in the state.
The APC argued that it would appear that “the PDP’s comfort zone in Osun is to hide behind a mountain of lies and subterfuge to scandalize people of integrity and create an atmosphere of confusion in order to incite violence.
“We have had enough of this failed strategy by the PDP in the state. It is time the PDP is held accountable for their disruptive approach to politics that threatens social order and peace.”
The party warned that: “If the PDP’s desperation for power in Osun is allowed to run riot, the consequences would be tragic for everyone. That is the more reason the PDP must be made to account.
“Politics conducted on the platform of lies, defamation and violence, which are the trademark of the PDP, is antithetical to the progress all civilized communities in the world seek,” the APC urges.
But the PDP while reacting to the allegations said for Oyatomi and APC to have referred to the opposition political party as violent is a disgrace saying violence is the symbol of the APC right from inception.
The PDP stated that the statement credited to Oyatomi indicated that the ruling party is jittery, confused and afraid of the imminent loss of power in no distant future in the state.
According to a statement signed by the Chairman of the party in the state, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, noted that the APC has adopted panic measure and labels opposition as a violent party.
The statement reads in parts, “It is unfortunate that a ruling political party could be careless enough to the extent of threatening to descend on members of the opposition party who resorted to legal means and not violence to resolve the political logjam in the state.
“Rather than employing the constitutional means of making their defense in the court, APC has been boasting about, promising their scanty followers in Osun that they would use the law enforcement agencies. Are these agencies under APC control?
“APC was the political party that disrupted the electoral process with violence but now turns around, accusing the victims of having penchant for violence even when perpetrators of the violence have been caught on camera in the Government House gloating over it?”
PDP further slammed the ruling APC for defending the alarm raised by some civil society organisations over the inclusion of Justice Oyewole in the appeal court panel sitting on Osun election.
The party however added that the former governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola came into the political landscape of Osun State with violence on the platform of Action Congress, in 2005 under a brand name ‘ORANMIYAN’.
“Throughout the three and a half years of the legal battle to reclaim his mandate, APC (ACN as it was called then ) displayed total penchant for violence and departure from peaceful resolution of dispute. The full nature of violent tradition of the ACN and its candidate was unabated for eight years.
“I want to put it straight to Mr. Oyatomi that the peace being enjoyed in Osun State today is not unconnected with the peaceful tradition of the main opposition party, the PDP.
“Osun State PDP will not condone any act that is capable of inciting violence through reckless unguided and indiscriminate statements that are inimical to the peace that PDP has allowed Oyatomi and his political party’s sojourners to enjoy in our deanr state for eight unbroken years.
“On a final note, I will like to reiterate that in PDP we have absolute confidence in the ability of the judiciary to bring succour to the weak and helpless and I must let it be known to all that it is the APC that has been boasting about that they have the control of Appeal court judges in their kitty”, the statement read.