PDP Goes On Smear Campaign Tactics Again

It is a laughable development for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State to allege that the opposition Action Congress (AC), the National Conscience Party (NCP), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and others who won a landmark victory at the Court of Appeal on the illegality of the December 15, 2007 Local Government poll are trying to foment trouble.

As it is usual for the PDP to blame others for its criminalities, the PDP has again issued a statement to falsely accuse the opposition of trying to cause mayhem over the Court of Appeal verdict on the LG poll.

When the PDP and its government brazenly and shamelessly violated the laws of Nigeria by conducting the elections, the opposition maintained its calmness and approached the law court for redress.

Even when it appeared as if justice would never come, we persevered in our firm belief in the supremacy of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Law, 2006 which the PDP disregarded in conducting the poll.

Rather than join the band of lawlessness to cause mayhem, we ordered our people to boycott the exercise and stay at home. We are happy that our people not only obeyed the call, they shunned the illegality and supported our lawful bid to seek redress in court.

It is funny to hear the same PDP accusing the opposition of planning mayhem after the temple of justice has availed us a favourable judgment which ordered immediate dissolution of the 30 Councils and declared the December 15, 2007 poll illegal.

Available records have shown that there is no iota of truth in several spurious claims made by the PDp in the past. Rather, the embattled ruling party has always been found guilty of violence. The most recent violence occurred during PDP meetings attended by the State Chairman, Alhaji Ademola Razak in Boripe Local Government where guns boomed and machetes were freely used by members to settle scores against each other following a breakdown of the bond of fellowship in the party.

At a peace meeting held in the home of brigadier-General Olagunsoye Oyinlola in Okuku, blood flowed freely after exchange of gun fire at a PDP meeting. As usual, the police glossed over it while in Igbaye, many people were feared killed following intra-PDP squabbles.

Available security data and facts have implicated the PDP rather than the opposition as being violent. The recent was the display of guns, machetes and dangerous weapons on Thursday March 19, 2009 following the Court of Appeal verdict when PDP chieftains led thugs in several buses and made a vain-glory show of strength around the state capital to denounce the Court of Appeal for ruling against them.

From the Governor to the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Niyi Owolade, the PDP leadership went berserk on the state broadcasting channels to lash out at the Appeal Court as being rude for giving judgment against it.

It is no longer in doubt that the PDP is at its wits end and is finding it difficult to handle the demands of the 1999 Constitution and the rule of law.

Gbenga Fayemiwo

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