Osun - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed the People’s Democratic Party Governorship candidate for Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, over his alleged use of masked gunmen as security men during his ongoing electioneering campaign.
In a statement issued in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the only reason Omisore could have resorted to hiring “ninjas” for protection was a “fear of his own shadows.”
It wondered how a man who wants to rule a state will be afraid to move freely among the same people whose votes his is canvassing.
“Every month, Governor Rauf Aregbesola leads the people of the state in a jogging exercise on the streets, during which he mixes freely with them. Not once has a 'ninja' been spotted behind him in the name of security," PAC stated.
"During his ongoing electioneering campaign, Governor Aregbesola has continued with his tradition of being with the people without any invasive security.
Omisore has a lot to learn from Governor Aregbesola, and should realize that being a people's Governor goes beyond a made-for-television eating of roasted corn or riding of Okada," APC said.
The party said it was “bad judgement” for public officials to resort to the use of 'ninjas' for security at a time the country is reeling from terrorist attacks that had left thousands of people dead or injured.
It wondered why uniformed or plain-cloth policemen as well as State Security Service (SSS) personnel were not adequate for Omisore.
“Omisore and the PDP should please spare the peaceful people of Osun State any further harassment and intimidation. The PDP should prevail on its candidate to be civil. A man who wants to rule a state should not be afraid to mix freely with the same people. Osun people say no to 'ninjas'.
If Omisore and the PDP think we are crying wolf, they should monitor the comments being made on the picture that has been posted in the Social Media showing a 'ninja' standing behind the PDP Governorship candidate.
Perhaps then they will realize how much they have goofed,” APC stated.
A ninja was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. Theier functions included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and open combat in certain situations.
The Osun State governorship poll is scheduled for August 9.
– CAJ News
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