OSUN State Chapter of the Action Congress (AC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State of trying to intimidate its members ahead of the ordered re-run election in the state by invading the party’s (AC) campaign venue, killing one of its members and injuring others.
The party in a statement issued by its Director Research and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere, warned the PDP of consequences of not allowing the re-run election ordered by the Appeal Court, in a peaceful and fair atmosphere.
According to the release, the party wondered why alleged thugs of the PDP armed with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons were allowed into a campaign venue of the rival party after it had sought and collected the police permission for the rally.
It also stated that what the PDP intend to do was to create a state of anomie, so that a state of emergency may be declared to allow the re-run election hold under a semi military environment.
AC further accused the party of deliberately orchestrating violence in the state, so as to whip-up unnecessary tension through its scripted policy of invading AC rallies with ‘miscreants and ragamuffins’.
The release further called on President Umar Musa Yar’Adua to do something urgent to arrest the present situation in the State before it escalates and become another catastrophe for the country.
“For President Yar’ Adua to convince Nigerians about his genuine commitment to the rule of law and order, something urgent should be done today to stem this gradual descent to anarchy, because its tickle-down effect will be catastrophic to our nascent democratic experience”, said the statement
It also berated the long list of names released by the party to ensure its return to power, describing it as an unnecessary deployment of state apparatus to serving a parochial political interest.
Osun State also stated that Ekiti people and the entire Yoruba nation would not succumb to the type of blackmail and tomfoolery the PDP was trying to plunge her into.
The statement further urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make itself part of the change, blowing across the nation by providing a level playing-ground for all the parties in the coming re-run election in the state.
It also charged INEC to make public, the number of voters in the disputed wards and, also allow the people know the scores of the two candidates in the remaining 113 wards, which results were upheld by the Appeal Court.
According to the statement, the police should arrest and prosecute anybody for any reason that disrupt, invade or obstruct legal and official political rallies of rival rallies, saying that it would help instill discipline in the political system.
“The ability of the police to effectively curtail excesses of politicians before Election Day will go a long way in making policing the election easy and lessen the job required to be done to conduct a free and fair election, “said the statement.
By SHINA ABUBAKAR