Abuja - The ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) has hit back at complaints by the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the deployment of operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) ahead of next Saturday's Osun State governorship election.
PDP described such allegations as "shameful" and "disgusting" and an attempt by the APC to deceive Nigerians.
The party said in fact, the APC governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, had formally requested for their deployment.
APC recently raised concern the operatives from the DSS were terrorising
"Nigerians may recall that last Friday, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed issued a statement querying the presence of DSS officials in Osun state. We find in this statement the height of
hypocrisy, especially as it is incontrovertible that it was the Osun APC governor who, in a letter dated July 4, 2014 and addressed to the Director General of the DSS, requested for the deployment 'for the purpose of security and general protection ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Osun state' and 'to help secure peace and make the election hitch free, as security is beefed up for the election," PDP said in a statement.
"It is therefore shocking and utterly despicable for the APC to turn round to point accusing fingers at the PDP and the Presidency when the DSS officials arrived and commenced their duties in line with the request of the governor. While Nigerians have continued to express shock over this act of deception, we in the PDP ask; is it a question of APC dishing out statements without cross-checking internally? Or is it a question of the party adopting lies deceit and propaganda as ideology? These questions have become necessary given that the APC has become infamous for
fabrications as means to curry the support of unsuspecting Nigerians."
The weekend elections are seen as a two-horse race between PDP and APC, whose officials could not be reached for comment.
- CAJ News