By Nofisat Marindoti
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State of Osun, has tagged the accusation of the factional Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Chief Soji Adagunodo as a patently ignorant statement.
Adagunodo had accused the APC of planning to conduct an illegal council election on Saturday 27th January.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, the APC said the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola should be commended for introducing the parliamentary system.
According to the statement, “That’s a patently ignorant statement to make. APC is a political party and has no legal authority to conduct local, state or national elections. There are independent agencies set up by law to do that.
“We do not know how old the PDP factional chairman is. If he were grown up enough by 1960, the parliamentary system of government would not have been strange to him. That was the system Nigeria was using until the military intervened in our polity in 1966.
“It was the military who imposed the system on Nigeria and that system is practically ruining the Nigerian economy.
“Today most states of the Federation, including Osun are struggling to pay salaries and run the expensive presidential system, which Nigeria is not rich enough to do.
“Now if you have a governor or a government that has responsibility for local government, deciding that it would be cheaper for it to use other methods than the presidential system, nothing in the Federal constitution stops the responsible authority from doing so.
“The PDP is not a particularly creative institution especially in the state of Osun. They are into politics for their personal gain and not because they want to serve the people.”