A 73-year-old former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ilesa West Local Government Council Area of Osun State, Alhaji Isah Agunbiade has lamented that he left the party for the Action Congress (AC), because the party has no respect for cool-headed persons but for hoodlums and hooligans.
Speaking to OSUN DEFENDER in Osogbo on Monday, Agunbiade who is the Ilesa chapter chairman, Union of Nigerian Herbalists said that he was a founding member of the PDP in Ilesa, but he quit when he could no longer adapt and engage in dirty politics being operated in the party.
A member of the defunct National Council of Nigeria and Cameroun (NCNC) and National Party of Nigeria (NPN) stated that the way and manner which the PDP operates in the country has shown that the party is purely anti-people.
While recalling how PDP thugs unleashed terror on the people of Osun State especially in Ilesa before, during and after the April 2007 elections, the AC chieftain stated that the PDP-led government in the state has made up its mind to rule the people of the state by force, despite being rejected at the election.
The herbalist also condemned how the PDP leaders were engaging in series of unholy attitude like looting of public funds at both the local and state government levels, insisting that he regretted ever working with the PDP.
Speaking on the April 2007 polls, Agunbiade condemned how the election was rigged by the PDP-led government and how the Justice Thomas Damar Naron election petitions tribunal that sat in the state was manipulated by the people at the corridor of power.
While condemning how the tribunal wrongfully rejected the report of the forensic inspection and the testimonies of the forensic expert, Adrian Forty, the AC leader recommended that such technological means should be allowed completely and if possible included in the Electoral Act to prevent future rigging of polls.
Expressing confidence in the judiciary, Agunbiade hoped that the appeal court would right the wrongs of the Naron tribunal, calling on the people to remain calm and firm for a better life would soon come.
BY KAZEEM MOHAMMED