Osun - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged the People's Democratic Party-led (PDP) federal government was terrorizing and intimidating its supporters ahead of the Osun State governorship election
scheduled for August 9.
In a statement from Lagos, National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, PDP alleged agents of the Department of State Services (DSS), some of them reportedly clad in black masks, were the chief culprits.
"'As widely reported, DSS agents, armed to the teeth and riding in over 50 trucks, drove around Osogbo and other parts of Osun State on Wednesday blaring siren and shooting sporadically in the air, thus disrupting the normally peaceful life in the state," APC stated.
"'Residents who were visibly traumatized by the shameful display of state power ran helter-skelter and wondered why their government has sent masked men, or ninjas, to terrorize them. They now understand that the masked thugs who have been following the PDP candidate around on his
campaign trail were actually government-sanctioned. This is a power show taken too far, even with the well-known impunity tendencies of the Jonathan administration," alleged the party.
APC, which is tipped to win the weekend poll, said information at its disposal shows that 5 000 more DSS operatives had been dispatched to the state before the election on the basis of an orchestrated petition
alleging that certain APC leaders are planning to foment trouble during the election.
"'The real purpose of this fake petition and the consequent deployment of thousands of secret police to Osun is to harass, intimidate and arrest the leaders of the APC in the state, in a repeat of what transpired in Ekiti.
"Flooding Osun with irresponsible DSS officials to terrorize the residents is another low for a government that is notorious for abuse of power and federal institutions. It is no longer news that the military, the police and other security agencies are working for the Jonathan Administration, rather than for all of Nigeria. What is new is that the security agencies have now been unleashed on the citizenry."
The opposition party hence raised doubts regarding the prospects of a credible poll.
"How can we have a credible election in an atmosphere of state-led gangsterism? How can we have a credible election when the FG that is supposed to protect the people and ensure violence-free polls is the same one that purveys violence? Where else in the world do secret police
announce themselves by firing to scare away harmless citizens? When did masks become part of the uniform of the State Security Service agents?" the party queried.
Comment could not be obtained from the ruling party, which largely responds through statements.
- CAJ News
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